The whole idea behind the Fair­mount Line is to bring eco­nomic activity to the streets that sur­round the train tracks. Rising prop­erty prices should be an indi­ca­tion that the rail line has cre­ated some­thing people want to be a part of. But that’s only if the trains are helping to create wealth in neigh­bor­hoods instead of just importing it and pushing aside existing res­i­dents in the process. And, as research from North­eastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy has shown, gen­tri­fi­ca­tion and dis­place­ment tend to follow closely behind transit expan­sion projects.

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