This track will present an in-depth look into the mechanisms of gentrification, and collusion of state and market interests in urban planning. Special attention will be paid to profit-driven displacement in the context of pending environmental disasters. Questions to be explored across panels include: how are communities fighting back against gentrification? What are planners’ roles in challenging or enabling gentrification? How does gentrification manifest in the particular circumstances of various neighborhoods, and what do these processes have in common?
Session 1. Dual displacements
A workshop on planning and organizing activity in areas of the city where working class people are facing displacement pressures from both gentrification and the danger of flood surges.
Session 2. Immigration and housing
A workshop on housing issues facing recent immigrants in New York City, looking at the legality/illegality dialectic in New York’s immigration and housing regimes.
Session 3. Urban renewal in the green city
A workshop examining the contradiction between environmentalist rhetoric in New York City and the “urban renewal”- style projects being planned for parks in working class areas.
Session 4. Misunderstanding gentrification
A panel discussion on the persistent misunderstanding of the roots of gentrification, and the role of the media and popular institutions in mislabeling symptoms as causes.