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
Date Written: June 23, 2011
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
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