U of M Finishes Study on Gentrification in Twin Cities

July 10, 2018 10:46 PM

Researchers at the University of Minnesota just completed a study on gentrification in the Twin Cities. Professor Ed Goetz says the focus was primarily conducted on neighborhoods that were vulnerable to gentrification.

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"We looked at what changes were taking place in terms of rents, or housing values or the social economic status of those neighborhoods over that time period," he said.

Goetz said they found gentrification in St. Paul in the Frogtown and Hamline/Midway neighborhoods. In Minneapolis, they found the biggest changes in the Northeast, Hiawatha corridor and some portions of North and South Minneapolis. In Minneapolis, because of gentrification, certain neighborhoods saw median home values increase nearly 160 percent, rents increase by more than 27 percent and household incomes rise 36 percent, while the city as a whole saw incomes decrease by seven percent.

One particular place of interest was the Central neighborhood. At one time, East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue was an area of primarily black-owned businesses and residents. But over time, coffee shops, furniture stores and spots like 3rd place gallery have become a part of the neighborhood.

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Photographer Wing Young Huie has lived in the Central neighborhood for 15 years. He says moving here had nothing to do with gentrification and everything to do with having a place to live and work.

"I'm not a social scientist, I'm an artist and so I think that I'm trying to do what is best and survive as an artist," he said.


Todd Wilson

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