Can more housing stop gentrification?

OLNEYVILLE, WHICH has had substantial reinvestment in the past decade, is among the areas of Providence identified in a new report as experiencing gentrification, such as increasing rents. / COURTESY ONE NEIGHBORHOOD BUILDERS
OLNEYVILLE, WHICH has had substantial reinvestment in the past decade, is among the areas of Providence identified in a new report as experiencing gentrification, such as increasing rents. / COURTESY ONE NEIGHBORHOOD BUILDERS
If neighborhoods in Providence are experiencing gentrification, as a recent report suggests, what can reasonably be done to help existing residents stay in their homes? Housing advocates have a few ideas. A recent forum on gentrification, sponsored by HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University, included discussion of the following: building more housing that is affordable…

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