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Gentrification Beyond Displacement

  • MIT STL Building 9 105 Massachusetts Avenue City Arena 9-255 Cambridge, MA, 02139 United States (map)

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This interdisciplinary panel will engage what has traditionally been a planning issue on a broader scale of the humanities. We will discuss gentrification from key angles that have emerged in issues in these past few months. These themes will include the impact of gentrification on immigrant enclaves (especially in sanctuary cities), the commodification of neighborhood identity, hierarchies of citizen value, as well as interactions between incoming and legacy residents.
In a round table discussion style, we will challenge academia’s assumptions about the ways in which privilege, power, and education manifest in decision-making for neighborhoods. Our discussion will demonstrate learning across disciplines from health policy, to journalism, to art. 

Jessica Myers MCP2
Sonny Oram

Aatmaja Pandya, Cartoonist and Illustrator whose works addresses gentrification issues
Ken Reeves, Former Mayor of Cambridge, MA
Léopold Lambert, Editor-in-chief of The Funambulist
Sarita Daftary-Steel, Community organizer in Brooklyn
Molly Rose Kaufman, Community planner, journalist and youth worker

City Design and Development Group (CDD)
The Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center (PKG Center)
The DUSP Students of Color Committee (SCC)
The Displacement Research & Action Network (DRAN)
Housing Community & Economic Development Group (HCED)
MIT National Organization of Minority Architects

We’ve chosen some links to share to help familiarize you with our speakers’ work:
Aatmaja Pandya - Phantom
Léopold Lambert - Molenbeek, Belgium, Unequal Access, Colonial Architectures  Sarita Daftary-Steel - East New York Oral Histories Molly Rose Kaufman - The Domino Effect
Ken Reeves - Out on Politics