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Tag Archives: Gentrification

November 7, 2016
November 6, 2016
The Atlas of Gentrification
Creative Review

Created by designer Herwig Scherabon, the atlas tells the graphic story of gentrification and related issues with a series of data visualisations, graphs and maps.

November 1, 2016
Making Sense of Model Cities
Urban Omnibus

Model Cities — a centralization and redesign of anti-poverty programs — was an attempt to solve “urban problems” in the wake of fears of civil unrest. But the central questions it raised are also at the heart of movements against gentrification and dislocation today.

October 30, 2016
Our Precious Urban Lives
New York Times

At some point in the last 20 years, Jane Jacobs’ dream died and became something else. Those urban villages, once diverse melting pots, became shiny, wealthy and inward-looking. This is how it is playing out here in Sydney.

October 24, 2016
October 23, 2016
Wrigleyville Becoming Refined, Redefined
Chicago Tribune

An uneasiness pervades the neighborhood around Wrigley Field, where the grinding and clanking of construction equipment is a constant reminder that radical change is coming to an area known as a rough-around-the-edges mishmash of sports bars, convenience stores and fast-food joints.

October 17, 2016
October 16, 2016
L.A. Activists Say White Artists Ruining Boyle Heights
Los Angeles Times

Today, artists are no longer starving: they’re more liable to be described as the “gentrifying foot soldiers of capitalism,” harbingers of highfalutin coffee and six-figure loft living. That’s causing rifts in many changing inner-city neighborhoods, including Boyle Heights.

How New York is Becoming a “Gated Suburb”

When you think of a gated suburb, a bustling city like New York doesn’t come to mind. But Richard Florida, a professor at the University of Toronto who was once branded the world’s most influential thinker, says the Big Apple is tipping in the direction of becoming one.

October 13, 2016
Using Hip-Hop to Build Just Cities
The Austin Chronicle

“Gentrification is the death throes of a neighborhood,” Lee said later during the session. “Everything before that is where you should focus.” This is where hip-hop comes in.

October 12, 2016
How Can Denver Prevent Displacement Near Transit
Denver Streetsblog

It makes a lot of sense to build walkable development around transit stations. Otherwise, few people will be able to live near transit, and you’ll never have a transit system that enables people to get to work or do their shopping without a car.

October 11, 2016
New Approaches to Gentrification
BBC News

Can gentrified urban areas retain their diversity and vibrancy? Or is there a danger that in the latter stages of gentrification these places become the preserve of the very wealthy, losing much of their original character in the process?

October 9, 2016
Why Punk Moved to the Suburbs
The Guardian

With cities stricken by affordability crises affecting spaces to live, rehearse and perform, the bright lights don’t beckon young punks like they used to.

How Apps Are Transforming Urban Neighborhoods
The Guardian

The on-demand services offered by apps like Uber, Laundrapp and Shoe Drop could be the nail in the coffin for some street-level businesses, and help spur gentrification. But who loses out?

October 5, 2016
Does Cycling Contribute to a City’s Gentrification?
The Guardian

Hostility to cyclists and bike lanes often seems to be a proxy for wider anger at gentrification. But does this urban phenomenon really arrive on two wheels – or is new cycle infrastructure a sign the street has already transformed?

Atlanta BeltLine Visionary Speaks Out on Public Resignation
Streetsblog USA

It was a big deal last week when Gravel announced he was resigning from the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Board — the funding arm of the project — due to concerns about gentrification. We caught up with Gravel to learn more about why he took a very public stand on this issue.

Does Berlin’s Anti-Gentrification Law Work?
Guardian Cities

In the newly hip district of Neukölln, locals have joined forces to enact laws against property owners’ attempts to renovate, modernise – and drive up rents. But not everyone thinks this ‘social environment protection’ is good for Berlin

October 3, 2016
How Hollywood Handles Gentrification
The Guardian

The tension of yuppies encroaching on downmarket neighbourhoods has long been food for two classic film genres, writes Peter Bradshaw – horror and satire.

October 2, 2016
A Student’s View of Boston’s Gentrification
The Guardian

As the new academic year starts, an editorial written by university students in Boston admits that, as temporary residents willing to pay high rents, they should take responsibility for speeding the gentrification of some neighborhoods.

How Migration to Cities Mars Their Future
Washington Post

Although Jacobs spent a lot of time pondering what could make urban economies succeed — the theme running across several of her books — she devoted much less attention to the possibility that success might create its own complications.


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