11.S942
Gentrification

Prerequisites: 
Permission of Instructor
Enrollment: 
Limited to 10

When looking upon gentrification, our vision depends on our vantage. New residents may see an affordable rent. Existing residents may see displacement. Developers may see profit and city officials a balanced budget. Academics may not see much, as data and measurement imprecisions kaleidoscope the truth. In this course, we will seek the truth in these perspectives: the profit in displacement, the public coffers filled by capital, the relativity of affordability. We will investigate them in search of illumination, contradiction, and limitation. We will discuss housing, transportation, policing, displacements, root shock, race, capitalism, racial capitalism, regulation, commodification, deindustrialization, and place. We will fashion new framings. We will think broadly, historically, and contextually. We will look at maps. And we will come away equipped with more precise language and a clearer picture of a defining site of injustice.