Do Urban Gardens Lead To Gentrification? Not in Detroit, Study Shows

May 25, 2022

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A recent analysis of urban gardens in Detroit found that although they do not foreshadow gentrification, there are unsettling trends regarding their location and the sociodemographics in those areas. Joshua Newell, an urban geographer at the U-M School for Environment and Sustainability and study senior author, highlights that the urban gardens are located in communities that are wealthier, more educated, and of a higher socioeconomic status. The researchers note that the clustering in non-Black neighborhoods is an issue for the city, which is 78% Black. The faculty experts further highlight findings from their study.

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