In order to understand the ways that particular policy tools can be used to address the needs of vulnerable groups impacted by displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods, it is helpful to consider their relative strengths and weaknesses. The following set of criteria can be used to help guide this analysis.
It is important to keep in mind that no tool will score well on all measures. The criteria are meant to help policymakers consider which tools best further a community’s or city’s goals and best match the needs of particular places and groups. The criteria also allow local policymakers to weigh the effectiveness and impact of specific tools and consider which ones the city has the resources to implement or capacity to develop.
The first two criteria focus on the dimension of need that is addressed by a particular tool. The next three criteria are normative, meaning they are linked to value-based goals that a city or community may have adopted or wish to adopt. A city or community may have additional goals it wants to add here. The final two criteria focus on considerations important to the successful implementation of each tool. Together, the application of these criteria to the possible displacement mitigation tools will give communities and city policymakers a great deal of information to consider and help inform discussion of which tools a city should adopt.Vulnerable populations targeted Stage of gentrification targeted Place-based Sustainability Inclusivity Financial resources required Capacity required