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It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy: We assume families don’t want to live downtown, we therefore don’t design for family, and, sure enough, families don’t come, or they don’t stay.

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Tag Archives: Gentrification

June 25, 2017
Denver’s Displaced Pushed to New Pockets of Poverty
Denver Post

This inevitable march of progress into neighborhoods that once were affordable for a city’s lowest-income workers was dubbed “a racial and class diaspora” by Portland’s director of housing at Denver’s housing summit last month. And that’s no exaggeration.

June 21, 2017
June 20, 2017
Chinatown Is the Story of White Supremacy, Gentrification in L.A.
L.A. Weekly

Chinatown plays fast and loose with the details of how the Valley got incorporated into L.A. over water-rights issues. But many of the events the film alludes to do have some historical analogs, though at no point does the film claim to be absolutely truthful.

June 19, 2017
June 18, 2017
Could the Grenfell Tower Disaster Happen in New York?
New York Magazine

There is no such thing as an accident when a high-rise building fails. If gas leaks, wires spark, or a wall crumbles, those are not acts of fate, but the preventable consequence of people not doing their jobs.

Does Gentrification Increase Job Opportunities in Poor Neighborhoods?
Regional Science & Urban Economics (abstract)

In this paper, we focus on low-income neighborhoods undergoing economic transitions and test whether or not the potential benefits from these changes stay within the community, in the form of employment opportunities for local residents.

June 15, 2017
June 13, 2017
Philadelphia’s Alternative to Gentrification
Yes Magazine

Stark boundaries—rich vs. poor, black and brown vs. white—begin to break down as people share parks, trails, libraries, nature centers, and other gathering places. Walljasper650px.jpg

June 12, 2017
June 11, 2017
Is Gentrification Natural?
Brandon G. Donnelly

Can and should gentrification be stopped? If so, are we saying that neighborhood cycles should be halted at one precise point in time, perhaps after the early-adopters take root? Or should we try and temper the pace of change? Is it simply a case of too much of a good thing?

June 6, 2017
June 1, 2017
Hair Salon Illuminates Gentrification, Race in D.C.
Greater Greater Washington

Derek Hyra has released a new book, Race, Class,and Politics in the Cappuccino City, which looks at issues over racial, income, and other changes in the Shaw/U Street area as a microcosm of similar changes happening around the city and the U.S. We are pleased to present a few excerpts.

May 30, 2017
Amazon Stock Hits $1,000, Old Seattle Declared Dead
The Stranger

The important thing to keep in mind in all of this is: one, a city can be a living machine and prosperous at the same time; and, two—as it relates to the Amazonization of the economy—it’s not automation that is bad; it’s the fact that free time is not cheap.

May 23, 2017
May 21, 2017
Gentrification from Tokyo to Pittsburgh

The battle in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles between neighborhood activists and art gallery owners who’ve come from elsewhere is similar to those being fought in cities around the world.

May 19, 2017
Gentrification Looms at US Soccer Expands
Guardian Cities

Henry’s is the archetypal local barbershop in Orlando. It has been part of the Parramore scenery since the 1960s, while current owner John Henry, just ‘J’ to his clientele, started work there in 1991.

May 17, 2017
Urban Planning Can’t Happen without Black People in the Room
The Root

Sit at the tables where people are deciding where the new school will go, whether to expand the bus stop or if a new business can drop itself into a neighborhood, and the first question that comes to mind is, “Where are all the people of color?”

May 15, 2017
May 14, 2017
L.A. Boyle Heights Development Commodifies Displacement

Mariachi Plaza has been a physical and cultural gathering point for mariachi musicians since the 1930s. Now, new condominium and urban development projects – including one dubbed ‘Mariachi Square’ – are selling whitewashed experiences of the culture they displace.

May 11, 2017


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