Freedom Center Journal


This paper focuses on the emergence of gentrification, the negative consequences it creates, and the ways in which these consequences can be alleviated. These topics are addressed both through a broad national lens and through a more narrow focus on Over-the-Rhine (OTR), a neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. This paper specifically focuses on displacement in the realm of housing, culture, and economics as well as the potential creation of long-term segregation, and on how such displacement has led to a loss of autonomy of existing residents. The rise of gentrification and its impact is explored through an examination of literature, personal interviews with people who live and work in OTR, and photos of the changing area. This paper argues that, by understanding the history and causes of gentrification, individuals and agencies can work to alleviate disparity and create opportunities for existing residents to engage and succeed in the changing community. Examples of such interventions in OTR include initiatives to promote both affordable housing and wealth-generation capacities to benefit low-income and minority residents.