The Vanderbilt Initiative for Smart-City Operations and Research (VISOR) invites you to participate in  our spring workshop on gentrification and equitable development in Nashville. Please join us to learn more on the ways collaborative efforts among community, practitioner, and government members can create equitable development within our communities.

A Workshop on Practical Data Methods, Gentrification, and Equitable Development in Nashville
Monday, April 16, 2018
8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Wyatt Center Rotunda

This one-day workshop will provide opportunities to discuss: The Role of Data Science, Mapping and Machine Learning in Equitable Development, and Social Mix and Community Involvement in Equitable Development.

This workshop is invitation only and will provide opportunities for key stakeholders to connect on issues critical to Nashville’s landscape.
Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Speakers include:

Dr. Jim Fraser – Associate Professor, Community Development and Action, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Ken Steif – Lecturer, MUSA Program Director, U. of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
Erin McElory – Director, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (San Francisco)

Uncolonial History: Unsettling Cities (Episode 2)

I was interviewed for this podcast on rethinking gentrification through the lens of recolonization.

"The word "gentrification" is becoming a bigger and bigger part of our vocabulary...but what it it? Where did it come from? On this episode of Uncolonial: The Podcast, Noah and David explore the deep historical roots of gentrification, and come across some interesting and meaningful surprises..."

The Promise: Life, Death, and Change in the Projects

I was interviewed for the series in episodes two and six.

About The Promise

The Promise is a limited-run series from Nashville Public Radio about life in public housing, smack in the middle of a city on the rise. Reported from the James Cayce Homes, these are stories of a neighborhood in flux, a community defined by its struggles, and the growing divide threatening its very existence.

About Meribah Knight

Meribah is the reporter and producer of The Promise. She is a WPLN staff reporter with a track record of award-winning journalism. Her writing and radio stories have appeared on NPR, Marketplace, Here and Now, The PBS Newshour, as well as in The New Yorker, The New York Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, Utne Reader, Crain's Chicago Business, Chicago Magazine and The Chicago Reader.

Website photos are by Joe Buglewicz and Julieta Martinelli.

Could Trump Actually Pull Federal Workers Out of Puerto Rico

“Absent special provisions, the president typically has the authority to execute or administer the laws,” Fraser said. “As long as the president is complying with the law, he can decide when to stop recovery efforts.”

Fraser added, however, that “just because the president can exercise certain powers to limit federal involvement in the disaster recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, one would hope that he would refrain from decision making that would not only harm the people of Puerto Rico but also undermine the organizational effectiveness of FEMA and other agencies.”

In Music City, Rents Keep Going Up And Up (James Fraser, National Public Radio)

In a report on Morning Edition on NPR I was interviewed about the state of housing in Nashville, Tennessee. In the city most of the real estate development is geared toward higher-income households creating a lack of affordable housing. As the rental and homeowner markets in much of the city are going up real wages for many Nashvillians are not. This has squeezed many people out of the urban core pushing them into first ring suburbs.

Click on the title to hear the entire story on NPR.