A new report says many Rainier Valley residents on Washington’s West side are being priced out of their neighborhood- thanks to the addition of light rail in their community.

The community and labor advocacy group Puget Sound Sage says a Sound Transit light-rail line completed in 2009 has dramatically increased property values and raised rents near stations, thereby hastening gentrification and displacement in one of Puget Sound’s most racially diverse neighborhoods.

The report is apparently a big surprise to light-rail advocates who lobbied for the line partly to provide working-class folks an affordable transportation option.The Stranger has the full story.

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