The Barrio Neighborhood Coalition is a group of community members and representatives from neighborhood associations, organizations, and nonprofits. We work together to fight gentrification and displacement, share knowledge about what’s happening in Tucson, and advocate for our communities. We define gentrification as
"a form of neighborhood change, resulting in the displacement of incumbent residents of one social class and culture by another more affluent class, linked with an
increase in property values."
When housing prices are rising and new developments are springing up everywhere, gentrification can feel like an overwhelming force of nature. But it’s not – it’s driven by policies and development deals made by our elected officials and their appointees.
Change is a part of life, but displacement, inequality, and injustice shouldn’t be. We want to make sure that Tucson’s growth doesn’t come at the cost of the people who made it the wonderful city we know today. We’re fighting to ensure that communities have a seat at the table, to promote public policy that increases affordability, and working to preserve Tucson’s history, beauty, and cultural diversity.
Our mission is to protect barrio/neighborhood identity and culture in the face of gentrification and displacement. Our goals are to amplify the voices of the existing communities in gentrifying neighborhoods and address the growing economic disparities in Tucson. We seek to educate residents about the drivers of gentrification and support their efforts to take a proactive approach to fighting displacement.