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Friday, April 10 • 9:50am - 10:30am
PS18.0 Gentrification's Pace: How Senior Citizens are Affected in the Urban Core

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The U.S. Census Bureau predicts over twenty percent of the U.S. population will be over age 65 by 2030, raising questions about whether this segment of the population will age in the homes they currently occupy. As the Generation X and millennial population continue to move back into the urban core, gentrification of once- disenfranchised neighborhoods results in major socioeconomic demographic shifts in neighborhood composition, driving up housing costs for longtime residents. Central Atlanta, like many other urban cores, has experienced and continues to experience a large residential shift as those over age 65 are displaced by the Generation X and millennial population. Through a focus on Atlanta’s historic patterns, this paper examines how those aged 65 and older are impacted by gentrification over time. The study uses a gentrification change index, using factors such as property value, home ownership rates, and resident education level over time, to assess the change in the 65 and older population in urban core neighborhoods, emphasizing differences in neighborhoods that have gentrified slowly in comparison to neighborhoods that have gentrified rapidly. Informed by focus group analysis, findings highlight neighborhood-specific and general best practices to improve urban core neighborhoods without displacing those 65 and older, with applicability to other core city communities across the United States.


Katherine Wilson

Georgia Institute of Technology

Friday April 10, 2015 9:50am - 10:30am
Biscayne Ballroom (2nd floor)