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The Network’s Picks: Mapping Residential Displacement and Gentrification

Written by Joshua Fisher on September 29, 2015

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This blog series features our favorite maps, infographics, and videos that highlight the relationship between neighborhoods and health. Tell us what you think and share your own favorites @BHPNetwork.

We know that Child Opportunity affects health and varies by zip code. So too a family’s opportunity, especially opportunity to access healthy affordable housing, with low risk of displacement due to gentrification, as explained in this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) brief.

The Network’s close colleagues, Miriam Zuk, Ph.D. & Professor Karen Chapple of the Urban Displacement Project at UC Berkeley developed this mapping tool in an effort to understand California’s Bay Area residential displacement and gentrification, calling communities to action to address a grave issue.

For example, according to the maps, over 90% of Oakland, CA residents are considered low-income, and almost 67% are currently at risk of displacement due to gentrification.

Why We Like It: The tool supports a call for action, and in addition to gentrification, the interactive maps also show household income, education, race, rent burden, and other related factors by census tract.

Where You Can Find it: Map any Bay Area city at Read The Urban Displacement Project’s literature review on gentrification and displacement published by Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

What Maps Click for You? What maps have helped you show the relationship between neighborhoods and health? Share your own @BHPNetwork #mapsthatclick.

This map showing displacement and gentrification in the Oakland, CA area was created by Joshua Fisher.

See more of our favorite maps:

The Power of Maps, July 16, 2015
The Power of Maps, Continued, July 30, 2015
#MapsThatClick, August 10, 2015
Mapping Child Opportunity, August 27, 2015


About the Author


Joshua Fisher

Joshua Fisher is a Research Associate for the Build Healthy Places Network. Josh will receive his MPH from Touro University California at the end of the year. He studies the effect of Subjective Social Status on a variety of health outcomes with Dr. Miranda Weintraub (Touro), Dr. Nancy Adler (UCSF) and Dr. Aric Prather (UCSF). He has also started coursework for a second masters, in biomedical imaging, from UCSF, with an expected graduation of August 2016. He received his BS in Biology from UCLA and grew up in Bakersfield, California.