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Tag Archives: Gentrification

March 7, 2017
Murals and The Future of Latino San Francisco
Boom California

George Sterling called San Francisco a “cool grey city of love” in 1920; writer Rebecca Solnit now deems it a “cold gray city of greed” as new wealth has violently displaced longtime residents. The Latino neighborhood of the Mission has been particularly affected.

Christianity Embracing Gentrification
The Guardian

To a new breed of churches, dilapidated neighbourhoods are the fallen world – and salvation lies not just in prayer but in pop-ups, vintage shops and bakeries.

March 6, 2017
How Brisbane’s James Street Evolved Into A Brand
The Urban Developer

Why is it that we so often hear Brisbane’s James Street being referred to like a product or brand, as opposed to a humble inner city street? Why are our perceptions challenged to think of this location as something much bigger than just a place to shop and eat?

From Pedestrianisation to Commercial Gentrification
Cities (abstract)

Through the implementation of pedestrianisation projects, it is possible to create economically competitive and liveable urban areas, while the security and attractiveness of city centres are significantly increased by the improved accessibility provided by these schemes.

March 1, 2017
Coffee and Gentrification
The McGill International Review

Development in most cases disguises itself as the advancement of society by creating a better atmosphere to live in terms of social and economic standards. But what about gentrification?

February 27, 2017
February 26, 2017
New Model Could Help Cities Predict Gentrifying Neighborhoods
The Next City

Ken Steif, director of the Urban Spatial Analytics grad program at the University of Pennsylvania, says it’s remarkable how cities are still struggling to stop displacement when investment starts to rise, given tons of research on gentrification and urban policy.

February 20, 2017
How Tech Campuses Spur Gentrification

To maximize productivity, insular tech campuses intentionally isolate workers, their time, and their money, sequestering employment and economic opportunities away from the communities around the campus. And once that bubble is in place, it tends to self-perpetuate.

February 14, 2017
February 9, 2017
February 1, 2017
It’s Time for Alter-Urbanization
Huffington Post

Just as the alt-right employs “alternative facts” in hopes of realizing their political desires, “alter-urbanization” aims for a certain urban future, namely, one that can positively answer the question: Is there an urbanization where citizens hold the ‘right to the city’?

January 31, 2017
January 30, 2017
Austin City Hall Girds for Fight As It Releases Land Code Overhaul
Austin American-Statesman

Mayor Steve Adler rolled out the first draft of a controversial overhaul of the city’s land use rules Monday morning, signaling the start of a year-long process that will navigate the divisions that course through Austin’s politics of development, density and gentrification.

Chinatown Shop Talk
Urban Omnibus

When Diane Wong sat down to interview Mei Lum as part of her research on gentrification in Chinatowns, Mei’s family was about to sell their building and business. Instead, their conversation about neighborhood change led to year of community dialogue at the W.O.W. Project.

January 29, 2017
The Costs of Growth and Change in Nashville
The Tennessean

Nashville is growing and changing fast, and the nation has taken notice. But for people who can no longer afford to live in Nashville because of the hot real estate market, the “it city” dream is elusive.

January 26, 2017
January 25, 2017
January 24, 2017
The Brooklynization of Brooklyn
Aaron Renn

My City Journal colleague Kay Hymowitz has written a number of great articles on Brooklyn, the borough that is her home. This inspired her to write a great book on the topic of the transformation of Brooklyn called The New Brooklyn.


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