Head Above Water: Sea Level Rise and Gentrification in Brooklyn and Queens, NY.

Authors: Trevor Guinn*,
Topics: Urban Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Science
Keywords: Urban Geography, Gentrification, Inundation, Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Social Justice,
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Coastal inundation threatens the social equity of the New York City metropolitan area. Inundation threatens to further exacerbate gentrification in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, a problem spurred currently by urban renewal. Brooklyn and Queens are populated by both economically and socially vulnerable populations that are at risk of displacement. The threat of inundation specifically threatens waterfront properties and in turn will lead to further gentrification of these vulnerable boroughs. This project outlines sea level rise projections, the nature of gentrification, how it materializes, and its effects upon communities and urban areas, the data modeling used to interpret social vulnerability, the methods used to map the region, as well as the impact and significance upon planning adaption and environmental justice. Understanding the role of sea level rise on gentrification will allow better informed policies and decision making by urban planners and regional governments.

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