Report Quantifies Displacement and Rising Housing Costs in Philadelphia

James Brasuell, Planetizen, April 15, 2015

A policy report from the Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities made news for recommending policies to disincentive, with taxes, real estate speculation. The report also includes raw data on the transformation happening around the city.

“Last week, the Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities (PCAC) released a policy report that contained some startling figures about displacement caused by gentrification in Philadelphia,” reports Max Marin.

Noting that previous media coverage of the report by Plan Philly and the Philadelphia Daily News focused on the policy recommendations included in the report–namely that the city should enact a new “anti-speculation tax” to tax house flippers–Marin instead focuses on the data findings in the report that inspired the policy recommendation.

“Econsult helped conduct the research report, titled ‘Development without Displacement: Keeping Communities Strong,’ [pdf] using census data from 2000 to 2012. To our knowledge, it’s the first report of its kind that looks at factors and conditions of Philadelphia’s changing demographics over such a long period. It even offers a first-time estimate as to how many are being displaced from their homes, community spaces, businesses, and social networks.”

Findings from the 12 years under study include:

  • “the African-American population in gentrifying areas of South and West Philadelphia decreased by 29 percent, and by 22 percent in North Philadelphia.”
  • “‘Housing cost-burdened’ households were at 52 percent in 2012. That’s a citywide increase of 10 percent. The 7th District, which is largely Latino, saw a city-high 20 percent increase in housing-cost burdened households in those years.”
  • “West Philadelphia’s median home sale price increased 98%, twice the city rate; South Philadelphia’s median sale price increased 184%, more than three times the citywide rate; North Philadelphia’s median sale price increased 200%, nearly four times the citywide.”
Full Story: The hard data on gentrification and displacement in Philly


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  • Back in the 1970s, there was this thing in economics called the Phillips Curve. Based on what would later be the debunked notion that there was a necessary trade off between inflation and unemployment.

    Today’s Phillips Curve is the necessary trade off between nice things and black people. And between expensive and livable, and affordable and black.

    • Oil Can Harry

      The Phillips Curve has been replaced by the Bell Curve Curve!

  • WhiteVeinKratom

    So I guess homeowners should not want the biggest investment they are going to make, increase in worth?

    Damn. I should have bought some property when I lived there 25 years ago. 200%! increase!

    • phillyguy

      Come back, its great

    • These are mainly renters griping about higher costs.

    • Lexonaut

      “So I guess homeowners should not want the biggest investment they are going to make, increase in worth?”

      No, it’s fine to want that. What’s not fine is for them to want to keep the increases for themselves instead of redistributing it to those who are less fortunate than they are.

      If they had any shred of humanity they would borrow against the equity increases and give the loan proceeds to the black people who made the equity increases possible.

    • Charles Martel

      Whites go away= white flight bad due to price dropping
      Whites move in = gentrification bad due to price increases

  • Race Heretic

    If we were allowed freedom of association and restrictive covenants, housing would be much cheaper for everyone. Whites could live in much cheaper all white neighborhoods and not have to artificially drive up the prices to keep out blacks. Rich blacks would have to congregate in their own relatively crime-free neighborhoods by price, but wouldn’t be forced to pay extra to feel as safe in white neighborhoods. And the poorest of blacks could remain secure that their crime-ridden, impoverished neighborhoods would remain cheap and free of whitey – just as they are now.

    And if we stopped all inmigration and deported all the illegals, well wow, housing would get a whole lot cheaper.

  • MekongDelta69

    “The African-American population in gentrifying areas of South and West Philadelphia decreased by 29 percent, and by 22 percent in North Philadelphia.”

    A small snippet of good news

    • phillyguy

      I told everyone before about the turnaround in Philadelphia, they are pricing the Negroes and the Puerto Ricans right out of the city. over the last 8 to 10 years this city has brought on more white people in any city I have seen. in South Philadelphia where I resided at this present time the Negro is becoming an extinct species, we are even going to elect a white man as our next mayor.. unbelievable, for the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country.

      • TomIron361

        Do you think there’s any possibility of that happening across the river in the people’s republic of new jersey in Camden any time soon?

        • LeonNJ

          Rutgers-Camden has been and will continue to purchase buildings to extend the campus, which is good. The Camden Waterfront has been sprucing itself up over the years and possibly upscale apartments might be built near the campus. It’s only a small area out of the entire city of Camden, but it’s getting better in that specific area.

          • Camden now has USS New Jersey (BB-62) as an attraction.

          • John Smith

            I tried to go there when I was last in Philly, but safe parking was something like $40 plus the admission of $20-something a head, so I left and drove back across the river, paying $3 exit fee to cross the bridge out of NJ – it was worth it.

          • Slayer88

            It’s $5 now…

          • John Smith

            Bridge toll or parking on the Camden waterfront?

          • Slayer88

            Bridge toll

      • TruthBeTold

        Glad to hear but according to this piece, they’re on to your little game and looking for ways to stop this trend.

      • John Smith

        Where are they all going? Norristown? I wouldn’t want to live in KOP with the mall and the like to draw them in.

        • jambi19

          I worked in Norristown in 2013 and I would have to answer yes to Norristown.

      • Cid Campeador

        Is this for real? Philadelphia and no Blacks? What are these people smoking?

      • Charles Martel

        But where are they going, on section 8 somewhere whiter

    • Decreasing for now….they multiply like roaches.

    • GAWZ

      They migrate to where the best ‘gibs’ are.

    • Blackfish

      They just moved somewhere else unfortunately!

  • IstvanIN

    Funny how no one worries when the demographics turn against us. When demographics ruin our neighborhoods and investments.

    • Yeah, and even funnier when no one worries about the thousands of hate crimes committed against Whites, but we worry more about a couple of black thugs getting shot. Yeah, real funny. Leaves me in stitches.

  • Blacks don’t like it when the White middle class leaves the city; they don’t like it when the White middle class returns to the city. Is there any way of pleasing them? (Rhetorical question, btw.)

    • Lexonaut

      “Is there any way of pleasing them?”

      Yes. Volunteer to let them to beat you to death with hammers as that white guy in Saint Louis did last fall.

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    • Cid Campeador

      As for the former comment, they don’ like it because it reduces their “victim pool” .
      There is no way of pleasing them. “Segregation Today, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever”.
      The only other alternative is armed conflict. We would lose because the regime would send the military against us.

  • WR_the_realist

    Where were all the coalitions providing policy reports about doing what is needed to prevent white people from being displaced, when those neighborhoods went black in the first place?

  • LeonNJ

    Out of all places, North Philly is being gentrified? Now that’s something you wouldn’t believe until you read it. Good!

    • Cid Campeador

      Gee. Temple University might be safe again.

      • Blackfish

        Until Bill Cosby shows up! Hide your women!!

      • rechill

        My son goes to Temple. He spent a year in South Philly then a year near campus. He’s going back to South Philly.

  • Light from the East

    Raising the house price will result in less black population in an area. No surprise.

    • Blackfish

      I’m just surprised housing prices would rise in the ghetto!

      • Light from the East

        It has something to do with the recent Asian and Hispanic influx to the region. The price simply moves up to their equilibrium point, which is too high for most black Americans.

  • Lexonaut

    I think the federal government should act quickly before the character of Philthydelphia is permanently changed by all this.

  • Michigan Patriot

    Everything in all levels in government is how does it hurt non-whites ( disparate impact ) ? It does ? Racism ! Gotta fix that asap. Never any concern if it hurts Whitey; most laws do; communist answer : no problem, f___k ’em ; the harder and faster , the better ! Government supported racism & genocide course # 101.

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