header#header { position: fixed !important;}

Food Retail

Feeding or Starving Gentrification: The Role of Food Policy

Feeding or Starving Gentrification: The Role of Food Policy

by Nevin Cohen, Research Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

Gentrification has transformed low-income communities worldwide. The process is complex but often follows a consistent pattern: capital flows into low-income neighborhoods, more affluent residents move in, real estate values go up, the housing stock is upgraded, low-income residents are forced to leave, and community character changes to accommodate the newcomers. Gentrification can happen abruptly, with people and businesses displaced through eviction, but more commonly occurs gradually, even over generations, as children of longtime residents leave because they cannot afford to remain in the neighborhood in which they grew up. The impact of gentrification varies, too. Those able to remain in place while their neighborhoods gentrify may benefit from new investments, more political influence, and better infrastructure and services, or they may suffer the loss of place as commerce, culture, civic life, aesthetics, and the people living around them become unaffordable, unfamiliar, or unwelcoming.

New Publication: Healthy Checkout Lines: A Study in Urban Supermarkets

New Publication: Healthy Checkout Lines: A Study in Urban Supermarkets

Institute Deputy Director Craig Willingham, with colleagues from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) has recently published an article in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior on the results of a study to understand the impact of healthy checkouts in supermarkets located in the Bronx.

Oversight Hearing on Zoning and Incentives for Promoting Retail Diversity and Preserving Neighborhood Character

Oversight Hearing on Zoning and Incentives for Promoting Retail Diversity and Preserving Neighborhood Character

On September 30, 2016 the New York City Council Committee on Small Business and Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises held an oversight hearing on Zoning and Incentives for Promoting Retail Diversity and Preserving Neighborhood Character. Nevin Cohen, Research Director at the Urban Food Policy Institute, prepared and delivered testimony focusing on the challenges and opportunities within the food sector His testimony is presented below.