The changing face of Richmond, CA

As the University of California, Berkeley contemplates large-scale master planning and development of the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond, both the University and Richmond are poised for unprecedented growth. The city is one of the last affordable communities in the Bay Area. Praxia Partners and the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society are partnering to propose a development plan that ensures that local residents and businesses benefit from development.

The Haas Institute published a research brief, “Belonging and Community Health in Richmond An Analysis of Changing Demographics and Housing,” which examines the dynamics of the Richmond community.

According to the brief:

  • Praxia Partners and UC Berkeley's Haas

    Richmond c/o US Army Corps of Engineering

    The African American population in Richmond fell by 12,500 people between 2000 and 2013, while Latinos and Asian Americans increased, and the white population remained stable.

  • Gentrification is in its early and middle stages in some areas across the center of the city and in North Richmond and near Hilltop.
  • Some 6,740 renter households -37% of the total renters – earn less than $35,000 annually and spend more than 30% of their income on housing. In North Richmond and most of the central and south Richmond areas, there are areas with more than 80% renters.
  • Richmond is growing in its desirability within the regional real estate market, yet it continues to house many low-income residents who have long called the city home.
  • Displacement is a possibility, but can be halted.
  • Policies matter. For Richmond to grow in an equitable way, it is critical that local policymakers and community groups act swiftly to implement local antidisplacement
    protections and policies to enable residents to stay and benefit from neighborhood change.

About Holly

Holly Jensen is a writer and poet who has worked with nonprofits and businesses for over a decade. She also serves as editor of The Ghazal Page, an international literary journal.
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