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Community Benefits Agreements with Transit Agencies: Neighborhood Change Along Boston’s Rail Lines and a Legal Strategy for Addressing Gentrification


Brian D. Feinstein


Harvard Law School

Ashley Allen


Harvard University - Law School - Alumni

June 23, 2011

Transportation Law Journal, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 85-113, Summer 2011

Abstract:     
Residents of Greater Boston located along the proposed Green Line rail extension have expressed concerns about potential gentrification and the resulting displacement of low-income residents. To assess these concerns, we examine the effects of the earlier Red Line extension on neighborhood demographics and housing costs. Based on our conclusion that gentrification occurred following the extension of the Red Line, we propose a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) as a tool for mitigating these effects following expansion of the Green Line. We provide a short summary of CBAs in general and then outline the bargaining structure and major provision for our proposed CBA.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 30

Keywords: eminent domain, gentrification, public transit, transportation, community benefits agreements

JEL Classification: C14, R11, R14, R52, R53, R58

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Date posted: June 26, 2011 ; Last revised: December 11, 2011

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Feinstein, Brian D. and Allen, Ashley, Community Benefits Agreements with Transit Agencies: Neighborhood Change Along Boston’s Rail Lines and a Legal Strategy for Addressing Gentrification (June 23, 2011). Transportation Law Journal, Vol. 38, No. 2, pp. 85-113, Summer 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1871273

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Brian D. Feinstein (Contact Author)
Harvard Law School ( email )
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Ashley Allen
Harvard University - Law School - Alumni ( email )
5163 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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