Equitable Development Assembly

Equitable Development Assembly Monthly Meetings

2nd Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Kheprw Institute 3549 Boulevard Place

The Equitable Development Assembly provides space for residents to discuss development that benefits all communities, gentrification-related issues and ongoing mass transit build-out. We learn from each other and take action together.

Must Reads


The Urban Revival is Over

For all the concern about the gentrification, rising housing prices and the growing gap between the rich and poor in our leading cities, an even bigger threat lies on the horizon: The urban revival that swept across America over the past decade or two may be in danger…

The ‘Artwashing’ of America: The Battle for the Soul of Los Angeles Against Gentrification

They know the end is near, which is why the young men and women of Boyle Heights have taken to the streets with such fury, clad in bandanas, hoisting placards that leave little room for compromise…

Indianapolis Gentrification Maps and Data

To assess how gentrification has reshaped urban neighborhoods, Governing analyzed demographic data for the nation’s 50 most populous cities…

10 Ways to Talk About Inclusionary Housing Diffenently

Inclusionary housing has entered a new era. In the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, inclusionary housing (also called inclusionary zoning) policies were adopted by hundreds of municipalities across the country…

Local Perspectives


Gentrifying Indy: A Closer Look at the Numbers

According to a study commissioned by LISC Indy, 5 census tracts have experienced displacement causing the percentage of African-Americans to drop some significantly in several neighborhoods…

From the Closing of the Double 8 to Marsh: Food Access Apocalyse in Central Indiana

The recent closing of 10+ Marsh grocery stores across Indianapolis has me reflecting on the challenge of food access in Central Indiana. I remember as if it were yesterday when all the Double 8 stores closed in our communities…

Are Indy Neighborhoods Gentrifying?

Walking from the Circle to Fountain Square just six years ago was a dramatically different experience than it is today…

Past Events

Conversation with Maia Bloomfield Cuccharia: Marketing Schools, Marketing Cities

Focusing on Philadelphia’s Center City Schools Initiative, Cucchiara writes about how education policy makes overt attempts to prevent, or at least slow, middle-class flight to the suburbs…

Conversation with Peter Moskowitz: How to Kill a City

Moskowitz looks at four cities – New Orleans, Detroit, New York City and San Fransisco – in an attempt to unravel the complicated systems that allow gentrification to take place, and the policies that set it all in motion…

Previous Speakers And Events

Innovative Solutions to Neighborhood Change

October 23, 2016 3-5pm

This discussion will focus on solutions communities around the US have used to address gentrification and its root causes. We will begin with a panel, followed by a Q&A and discussion. Panelists are Father Paul Abernathy, Rachel McIntosh and Joe Bowling.

Meet the Panel

Rev. Paul Abernathy FOCUS Pittsburgh

Father Paul Abernathy is an Orthodox Christian priest and the Director of FOCUS Pittsburgh, an Orthodox Christian non-profit focused on human development in the Hill District, Pittsburgh Pa. He has B.A. in International Studies from Wheeling Jesuit University, and holds a Master in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh as well as a Master of Divinity from St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Since its inception in 2011, FOCUS Pittsburgh has distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars in food, clothing, furniture, transportation assistance, Identification, and emergency relief to the Greater Pittsburgh Community which includes a Back Pack Feeding Program that distributes food to 2,500 children every weekend during the school year. Paul is also the CEO of the FOCUS Pittsburgh Free Health Center which offers free primary and free behavioral health care to Pittsburgh’s uninsured and underinsured with an initiative currently underway to address Community Trauma called Trauma Informed Community Development. A former Non-Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army, Father Paul is a combat veteran of the Iraq War and has received community awards to include the New Pittsburgh Courier’s 2013 Fab 40 award, Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 under 40, and Wheeling Jesuit University’s Fr. Pedro Arrupe Distinguished Alumni Award.

Rachel McIntosh Community Development Practitioner

Rachel has nearly 20 years of experience in comprehensive community economic development, working worldwide. Over her career, she served as Senior Program Officer with Local Initiatives Support Corporation. In that capacity, she worked to advance a broad range of community revitalization efforts, managing investments in targeted neighborhoods and community-driven real estate projects. In addition to her time with LISC, she served as a program officer for the Annie E. Casey Foundation where she helped manage the design, implementation and evaluation of community capacity building programs, social investments and grantmaking for the foundation’s signature place-based initiative spanning the United States and Latin America. She also serves as the US representative for the SOIF Foundation in Togo. Ms. McIntosh has a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies and a Master’s in Public Affairs with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University.

Joe Bowling, Englewood Community Development Corporation

Joe Bowling is the co-director of Englewood CDC. Learn more at

Deb Trocha, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Debbie Trocha joined the Indiana Cooperative Development Center in August, 2006 after serving as Executive Director of the Indiana Small Business Development Center. She has over 20 years of economic development experience. Debbie coordinates the annual Indiana Cooperative Summit, bringing together professionals from all co-op sectors. Under her leadership, ICDC promotes cooperatives as a vibrant model to address economic and social needs. ICDC provides start-up, management, and technical assistance to a wide variety of co-ops in agriculture, arts, childcare, education, energy, and housing sectors. ICDC also provides training opportunities designed to bring together groups of people involved in co-op development.