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Forming a new Business Improvement Area in a low-income community (that's in the midst of developmental pressures and change) takes careful consideration, collaboration and a unique approach to program development. Concerns of gentrification and displacement are valid as new businesses and new forms of development change the makeup of the retail mix and cultural experience of these urban communities. The arrival of new businesses, the growth of social enterprise and renewed interest in these areas can also be leveraged though. This presentation examines the creation and early programming focus of the Hastings Crossing BIA (formed in 2011) as it considered how best to go about supporting businesses and property owners, but in a way where culturally appropriate and socially inclusive programming would not further alienate or discriminate against low-income residents who showed concern for such things as policing of public spaces, criminalization of poverty, displacement and loss of local community assets.