GCC is investing in research and technical assistance to disseminate tools, data, and approaches that advocates or cities can use to make
policy change, and in capturing stories of residents organizing in the tenant movement in order to shift the narrative around race and who


The Bay Area Equity Atlas offers 21 equity indicators organized under the San Francisco Foundation’s People, Place, and Power framework. The tool features individual characteristics, such as race/ethnicity and median earnings, as well as unique transportation and housing indicators, such as extreme commuting, housing burden, market rent, gentrification risk, affordable housing production, and economic gain from rent burden elimination.  Users can divide each indicator by region, county, sub-county, and smaller areas such as cities or Census Designated Places. The tool also offers narratives to contextualize the data and inform policy solutions. Visit the site>

Moving to Work is an applied research project to increase the regional knowledge of the intersection between three distinct fields: workforce development, economic development, and equitable transit-oriented development.  Understanding the interrelationship of these fields in a “spatial frame” based on geography, travel patterns, and transportation infrastructure – focuses our analysis and finds common ground between the fields. Visit the site>

“Bay Area Affordable Housing Pipeline: Impact of Unlocking Affordable Homes in the Region.” Enterprise Community Partners (June 2021). Enterprise developed an inventory of over 41,000 affordable homes in the Bay Area that are in predevelopment or under construction and estimated that $4 billion in additional funding is required to move nearly 19,000 of these affordable homes from predevelopment to construction. Read the Brief>.

“The Benefits of Affordable Transit-Oriented Development in the Bay Area and How to Improve It.” This research brief is based on a UC Berkeley survey study funded by GCC and BART that examined the travel behavior of affordable housing residents living near BART stations, and compared the patterns to those of market-rate TOD and non-TOD residents. The study showed that TOD residents are more likely to take transit to work and highlighted the equity implications of prioritizing affordable housing around transit. It also offered several recommendations to improve affordable TOD for residents. Read the Brief>

“Funding Affordable Housing Near Transit in the Bay Area Region.” Strategic Economics and NDC. In response to the region’s housing affordability crisis, two of the region’s major transit agencies – BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and VTA (Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority) – have recently established ambitious targets for building lower income housing on their transit lands. Achieving the transit agencies’ objectives will require raising additional local funding, in addition to coordinating closely with local jurisdictions to enable higher-density housing on transit properties. This paper measures the regional gap and identifies what will be needed for BART and VTA to meet the targets they have established. Read Report>

The Urban Displacement Project is a research and action initiative of UC Berkeley in collaboration with researchers at UCLA, community based organizations, regional planning agencies and the State of California’s Air Resources Board. The project aims to understand the nature of gentrification and displacement in the Bay Area and Southern California. It focuses on creating tools to help communities identify the pressures surrounding them and take more effective action. Visit the site >

“Race, Inequality, and the Resegregation of the Bay Area.” Urban Habitat. Read Article >

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project is a data-visualization, data analysis, and storytelling collective documenting the dispossession of San Francisco Bay Area residents in the wake of the Tech Boom 2.0. Visit the site >

An Equity Profile of the San Francisco Bay Area Region. Read Article>

“Untapped Resources, Potential Bay Area Sites for Affordable Transit-Oriented Development.” NPH and Seifel Consulting Inc. developed this report to identify former redevelopment properties as potential resources for the development of affordable transit-oriented development (TOD). The report includes maps prepared based on information presented in Long Range Property Management Plans (LRPMPs) for each community evaluated in this study. Visit the NPH website and download the report for more.

“Filling the Financing Gap for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development: Lessons from Atlanta, Denver, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Twin Cities.” Enterprise Community Partners and Low Income Investment Fund. Read Article >

“Building and Preserving Affordable Homes Near Transit: Affordable TOD as a Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Equity Strategy.” TransForm and the California Housing Partnership Corporation. Read Article >

“The Effect of Light Rail Transit on Body Mass Index and Physical Activity.” American Journal of Preventative Medicine.Read Article >

“Estimating the Effects of Light Rail Transit on Health Care Costs.” Health and Place. Read Article >

“Are We There Yet? Creating Complete Communities for 21st Century America.” Reconnecting America. Read Article Please visit Reconnecting America’s Resource Center to learn more.

We will continue to post cutting-edge and important research in the equitable transit-oriented development field on this page as we learn about it.

Pushed Out: Displacement Today and Lasting Impact is a short explainer video that helps paint a clearer picture of displacement and its long-term impact.

Gentrification Explained is a short explainer video that unpacks what gentrification really means, getting beyond the buzzword. 

Both videos were produced through the collaboration of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bankthe Urban Displacement Project at UC-Berkeleyand The San Francisco Foundation’s Great Communities Collaborative. 

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