Blog 2

Gentrification and Green Infrastructure

The issue of gentrification is really crucial to public health in general and to the society at large. The sole goal of gentrification is to improve low-income to a high-income neighborhood. This ultimately isn’t a bad idea but many people see this as taking their culture and increasing the standard of living. Many communities are not aware of the impact this could be brought if sustainable energy is used in remodeling this places. The effect of green infrastructures would be of great benefit to the people. A way this could be implemented is by educating people in these communities about it. Gentrification doesn’t necessary have to be a bad thing once people see the good benefits in return. In a recent article on Green Capitalism, it says “Rather than pushing a vision of the green city that emphasizes “park space, waterfront cafes and LEED-certified buildings,” policies should explicitly work to create a “place in the ‘sustainable city’ for industrial uses and the working class.” This is a great idea, especially with all the bad press gentrification is getting and the health consequences of pushing people out of their neighborhood resulting in higher cost of living. This approach would prioritize infrastructural developments that improve energy efficiency, and air and water quality, while avoiding those that result in drastic increases in property values.

Implementing green infrastructures doesn’t have to result in higher rent payment but greener and cost effective buildings. The green infrastructures will include green roofs, bioswales, use of lights and so much more. This plan will be beneficial because many of the people from these communities get to still remain in their neighborhood but with greener structures which in return they save lots of money. Green infrastructures are needed in order to build our cities and also provide space for new technologies.




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  1. I see what you’re trying to say, and I give you credit for providing examples of the kind of benefits the people would have. However, everything costs money, so even if there was a decrease in bills, taxes would still increase. For example, Pilsen has been slightly been affected by gentrification and some of the problems has forced people to move about from places they’ve lived for years –simply because they cannot afford it. Majority of the population consists of undocumented immigrants that literally cannot find a high paying job because they don’t have the required paper work, so if their rent increases in order to pay for green technology, then they have no other option but to move out. Green infrastructures would be useful, if people had a reliable source of income, but in this case they don’t. And so even if people became educated and wanted to switch to a greener lifestyle, if they they don’t have the money for it then they can’t do it. Overall I think you have a great idea, and if we could find a way to upgrade to green infrastructure without having to raise living costs higher, then this would work out perfectly.


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