Houston, Texas has been segregating at a rapid pace. Unfortunately, the twin ills of rising inequality and increased gentrification have become too familiar in urban America.
Development projects in cities across the nation are trying to drive out low-income residents, but local activists are taking control with community-based solutions that are beneficial to everyone.
Like labor unions, neighborhood unions could help residents bargain collectively for affordable housing, housing security, protections for local businesses, and community reconciliation.
It takes much more than one project or policy to address gentrification. It takes a movement.
As rent prices soar in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, JPNet’s State of Our Neighborhood forum helps to give community residents and merchants a voice.
IPS partners with DCIFF on a film based on a short story of the same name by San Francisco poet laureate Alejandro Murguía, followed by a discussion of it’s relationship to DC gentrification.
The series to promote intergenerational discussion will address what it take to save a neighborhood these days.
Restaurants along U Street are meant to be community cultural hubs that preserve the legacy and history of the District and uplift racial and cultural connections.
As gentrification and economic development rapidly change neighborhoods across the District of Columbia, thousands of low income households are being pushed to the margins. Through a radical vision of community service and an extensive volunteer network, “We Are Family” brings groceries and provides basic assistance to 600 low income seniors in Columbia Heights and the North Capitol area each month. Please join its co-director, Mark Anderson, and American University Professor of Sociology Michael Bader, for a discussion about the innovative methods used by scholars to study urban poverty – and the creative activism by community organizations addressing it.
Walmart has plans to establish four stores in DC by 2012. Notorious for threatening small businesses, causing the loss of more jobs, and bringing lower wage standards for all workers to communities, concerned District of Columbia citizens and social justice advocates are coming together to spread the news and resist the potentially disastrous implications for the District of Columbia.
Turkish journalist Tan Morgul discusses Turkey’s Kurdish population, and describes a new Turkey born of changes in politics and regional immigration.