SOURCE: New York Times
Black San Franciscans Have Been Leaving—Could Reparations Bring them Back?
A city commission has issued non-binding advisory recommendations for extensive cash reparations to Black residents and their families who were pushed out of now-valuable property through urban renewal. It's not likely that the local government will implement any of them, so activists are trying to help make housing more affordable.
SOURCE: The Conversation
Atlanta's BeltLine Project a Case Study in Park-Driven "Green Gentrification"
by Dan Immergluck
Although the ambitious combination of multiuse trails and apartment complexes "was designed to connect Atlantans and improve their quality of life, it has driven up housing costs on nearby land and pushed low-income households out to suburbs with fewer services than downtown neighborhoods."
SOURCE: Washington University Center for the Humanities
René Esparza on AIDS and Health Inequality in Urban History
A new book examines the relationship of sexuality, residential segregation, and class and racial inequality in the AIDS epidemic.
"The Ivory Tower is Dead": An Interview with Davarian Baldwin
Davarian L. Baldwin's work interrogates how universities in postindustrial cities exemplify new models of economic development and are implicated in the problems of labor exploitation, gentrification and inequality.
SOURCE: Bloomberg CityLab
In Slasher Film ‘Candyman,’ the Horror Is U.S. Housing Policy
by Brentin Mock
“Candyman isn't the only ghost in this show,” says Stanford Carpenter, a cultural anthropologist based in Chicago. “The other ghost is Cabrini-Green. In both cases, the thing that makes them scary is that they were made that way by white systemic racism.”
The Rise of "UniverCity"
Universities wield increasing control over their surrounding communities. Historian Davarian Baldwin discusses the impact of that power for good and ill.
SOURCE: Bloomberg CityLab
How a Plan to Save Buildings Fell Apart
The imperatives of historic preservation are often at cross-purposes with the goals of community organizations. Does the failure of one preservation plan in Chicago offer lessons for the future?
SOURCE: The Atlantic
The Pandemic Disproved Urban Progressives’ Theory About Gentrification
by Jacob Ambinder
Anti-gentrification activists portray themselves as champions of the poor, but they generally represent a coalition of property owners who benefit from keeping the supply of a resource – housing – scarce. How can the political and economic incentives of land and housing be realigned?
SOURCE: The New York Times
Riots Long Ago, Luxury Living Today
High-end development has transformed some Black neighborhoods decades after they were scarred by unrest. And not by coincidence.
How the Disappearance of Etan Patz Changed the Face of New York City Forever
by Paul Renfro
Concerns about the “safety” and “security” of specific children—particularly those who resemble Etan Patz—played a considerable role in New York’s extraordinary late twentieth-century transformation.
Whole Foods Is Opening in Harlem. Should We Be Celebrating?
by Brian D. Goldstein
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