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Development and rapid population growth are putting more vulnerable San Antonio neighborhoods increasingly at risk for gentrification. 

  

Signs around the West Side of San Antonio declare "Mi barrio no se vende" ("My neighborhood isn't for sale") but with rising property taxes and perpetual "buy as is" offers, many houses in near downtown neighborhoods are being sold, remodled and flipped. 

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San Antonio area is currently home to more than 1.5 million residents and an average of 66 people are moving to the metro area each day, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau statistics. 

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Gentrification of neighborhoods can wreak havoc for those most vulnerable to change.

Sure, access to services and amenities rise in a gentrifying neighborhood. That is a good thing. But those amenities won't do you much good if you're forced to move because of skyrocketing housing costs.

That is why neighborhood and housing advocacy groups have spent decades searching for ways to protect longtime residents from the negative effects of gentrification.

Eileen Pace / TPR

Recommendations have been made to the City Council to preserve neighborhood character and longtime residents. Those recommendations, the product of a year-long effort by the Mayor's Task Force on Preserving Dynamic & Diverse Neighborhoods, were presented last week.  They include creating a housing commission, creating a displacement assistance fund, and further study on how city programs affect gentrification.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

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