Gentrification is Inevitable and Other Lies

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Gentrification is Inevitable and Other Lies

Gentrification is Inevitable and Other Lies

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Readers who have read a fair amount on gentrification might think Kern’s book won’t offer any surprises, but Gentrification is Inevitable may encourage you to reframe and rethink some of your ideas. Fifteen years on, even without Gentrification Is Inevitable and other lies supplying me with a slew of foundational stories, anecdotes, and examples to help build out a framework of comprehension, I clearly see that this was naïve at best and willfully ignorant at worst. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products.

Gentrification Is Inevitable and Other Lies] examines the forces behind displacement in North America and beyond, arguing for an intersectional way of understanding gentrification, one that acknowledges the harms done to working people based not just on class but also on race, gender, and sexuality. From the forced removal of Indigenous people to the redlining of Black neighbourhoods, from the disenfranchisement of women through suburbanization to the expulsion of the LGBTQ+ community, Kern's writing is a rallying cry for the decolonization of placemaking and a blueprint for an urbanism rooted in social justice and fairness. Beyond the Yoga studio, farmer’s market and tattoo parlour, gentrification is more than a metaphor, but impacts the most vulnerable communities. Kern unmasks the direction cities are taking (globally), all battling for the dollars of the entitled, destroying what makes cities sing. we know gentrification is gendered and that capitalism distinguishes race as a tool for accumulation.I read this book on the balcony of my apartment in Queens in a neighborhood that is undergoing a settler but still significant gentrification, thinking about how lucky I was that my landlord had not raised the rent to market rates, while recognizing my arrival 11 years ago may have spearheaded those rates.

I read this book on a Friday afternoon, at the end of a week when I started taking hot-girl walks on my lunch hour through Brownstone Brooklyn, and had been counting and ratioing “colonizer” vs “Old Brooklyn” sightings. I don’t think it went into enough depth with most of its sections, but for a text that comes off as introductory, I guess that’s alright? Por lo cuál difícilmente puede lograr tener las escalas de cambio para enfrentar un fenómeno que se presenta en muchas ciudades del planeta.

Destacar que la finalidad de la autora es visibilizar que hay medios para luchar contra la gentrificación. sure there's lots of other elements and socio-emotional implications but Kern's attempt to almost pit class against race against gender against sexuality seems like some weird, unhelpful vendetta. Kern invites the reader to reflect on their own social location and relationship to gentrification (this section of the last chapter is perhaps most useful). But an all-encompassing gentrification model ultimately means nothing if it is impossible to define.

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