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

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

30 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2011 Last revised: 11 Dec 2011

Brian D. Feinstein

University of Chicago Law School

Ashley Allen

Harvard University - Law School - Alumni

Date Written: June 23, 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.

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

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

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1871273

Brian D. Feinstein (Contact Author)

University of Chicago Law School ( email )

1111 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

Ashley Allen

Harvard University - Law School - Alumni ( email )

5163 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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