^If developed appropriately it would be but I am not sure I see that. What I see is Uptown like developments pushing out low-income residents in favor of those that have the means. How Dallas can overcome its crushing income segregationhttps://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/comm ... egregation
Despite HUD non-compliance findings, the affordable housing crisis in West Dallas, the enrollment losses at Dallas ISD, and recent research showing that Dallas is a bad place to grow up poor, we still don't have a comprehensive approach to mixed-income housing. A comprehensive approach requires two things simultaneously: policy and resources. Policy without resources lacks teeth; resources without policy represent incoherent spending.
Well tbh, "uptown" basically kicked out the poor before it was uptown; as there were neighborhoods there in the past. Same will happen to Trinity Groves /West Dallas.
Now regarding gentrification, This is happening all over America. The reality is that these people eventually would've been priced out either by increasing rent or taxes.
Cities often dream of mixed income neighborhoods but often go about it the wrong way or when it's too late.
What I don't see is Dallas allowing affordable housing in established neighborhoods. If mixed income neighborhoods is the goal , then it would be a hell of a lot easier creating mixed income neighborhoods when you allow building /affordable housing in established neighborhoods.
Lakewood, Lake Highlands, Preston Hollow etc are the established neighborhoods were the affordable housing is needed.
As you mention, What Dallas needs is a plan. A plan that increases Density in these established neighborhoods while allowing SOME affordable units into the area.
Dallas does it backwards. They kick out the poor; tell them to find housing and then panic when they realize they haven't done squat to promote the building of affordable housing.
I recently got back from Manhattan and was impressed at how affordable units were being integrated in some of the priciest developments in SoHo/ Chelsea along the high line. It can be done.
I think neighborhoods are more willing to allow affordable housing when you package them into quality developments. That's the key.