This report finds that increases in housing prices in San Francisco were correlated with shifts in where low-income people of color lived between 2000 and 2015. It also provides evidence that these shifts contributed to new concentrations of poverty and racial segregation in San Francisco and perpetuating racial disparities in access to high-resource neighborhoods. By focusing explicitly on the racial and economic dimensions of neighborhood change in relationship to increases in housing prices, this report builds upon existing research on displacement, segregation, and the persistent legacies of urban disinvestment and exclusion.
This report concludes that San Francisco and the region need policies and investments that support housing affordability and stability for low-income people of color, while also increasing their access to high-resource neighborhoods. To be successful, these policies and investments must account for both the legacies of racial segregation and recent patterns of re-segregation.
Phillip Verma, Dan Rinzler, and Miriam Zuk
University of California, Berkeley