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35 T. Marshall L. Rev. 239 (2009-2010)
Houston Gentrification: Options for Current Residents of Third Ward

handle is hein.journals/thurlr35 and id is 243 raw text is: HOUSTON GENTRIFICATION: OPTIONS FOR
The Houston Third Ward Community (Third Ward) appears to be
undergoing a change in character. Expensive townhomes are replacing
once vacant lots, while larger retail chains and the expansion of Houston's
light rail system threatens small minority owned businesses.' It is the same
change the inner city area of every major city in the United States from
New York to San Francisco is undergoing. It is the change due to
gentrification. As gentrification slowly changes the face of Third Ward, the
current residents are in jeopardy of being displaced.
Gentrification is a term used in land development to describe a trend
whereby previously underdeveloped areas become revitalized as
persons of relative affluence invest in homes and begin to upgrade the
neighborhood economically.2 Gentrification often causes the eviction of the
less affluent residents who can no longer afford the increasingly expensive
housing in their neighborhood.3 Although as gentrification takes place, the
current residents of the Third Ward have options that can help minimize
displacement and ultimately give them more control over their future.
This article will cover several factors affecting gentrification in
residential areas, specifically in Third Ward, including: 1) background
information on Third Ward and the current effects of gentrification in this
area; 2) current laws affecting gentrification in Third Ward; and 3) available
options to the current residents of Third Ward.
* Danyahel Norris is the Faculty Research Librarian and a Legal Research instructor
at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University; B.S. 2003 University of
Houston; J.D. 2007 Texas Southern University. I would like to thank Marcia Johnson for
her guidance in the early stages of this article, as well as Kenneth Hadnot, Arva Howard,
Garnett Coleman, and Gerald Womack for their input into this article. I would also like to
thank my lovely wife Davida Norris for her continual support in all my endeavors.
1. John Buntin, Land Rush: Inner Cities are Becoming Hot Places to Live. Does
Government Have any Business Telling Developers to Keep Out?, GOVERNING, Mar. 1,
2006, at 24, available at http://www.governing.com/articlelland-rush.
2. Bus. Ass'n of Univ. City v. Landrieu, 660 F.2d 867, 874 (3d Cir. 1981).
3. Id.

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