The Raced-Space of Gentrification: ‘Reverse Blockbusting’, Home-selling, and Neighborhood Remake in North Nashville (Cameron Hightower and James C. Fraser)

One of my Vandy undergraduates who recently received his degree did an independent study with me that produced a publication at City & Community. Our paper is out in the journal City & Community. So proud of Cameron Hightower! You can find the paper under the publication page on this web site.

Very happy to announce that my new article, co-authored with Cameron Hightower, is now out in @CiCoJournal! We critique 'reverse blockbusting' and the raced-space of #gentrification in Nashville; read the paper here:

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/cico.12444

Abstract: Proponents of gentrification often use some rendition of a “rising tide lifts all boats” justification when assessing the impact that gentrification has on original residents in a gentrifying area. One of the benefits that is widely accepted by proponents and opponents of gentrification is that homeowners experience an increase in property values that can easily be transferred to family wealth or cash. Yet there is virtually no research that provides an evidence base to support this seemingly direct relationship. Through a case study of prominent historically black neighborhoods in North Nashville, we find that the process of potential home equity realization for original homeowners in a gentrifying area is complicated by a variety of factors. We theorize that, in addition to class and socio-economic phenomena, home-buying in the context of gentrification operates much like reverse or inverted “blockbusting” during the era of urban renewal. These processes involve the creation of value out of the racialization of space whereby black homeowners and residents are incentivized and often forced to leave as a precursor to predominantly white populations entering. We comment on how these findings fit into the history of discriminatory and exploitative housing practices in the United States.

As Nashville Rapidly Expands, Residents Worry The Metropolis Is Growing Too Fast

I was cited in this Wall Street Journal piece on my research in Nashville. Affordable housing has become an issue that many cities consider intractable and the "new" normal.

Copy of Gentrification & Data Workshop at Vanderbilt

Below are links to the workshop videos, which are posted to Youtube. The workshop is divided into 3 separate videos, and the contents of each video is posted within the 'description' section of each video:

Morning Session:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESwe0Fi93sU&feature=youtu.be

Afternoon Keynote: Erin McElroy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGjWSZmvb4k&feature=youtu.be

Afternoon Session:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94olGAgLbOs&feature=youtu.be

Additionally, here is the link to VISOR's Youtube page (which contains both the Fall multi-modal workshop, and the Spring workshop on gentrification):

 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZK3TgGN6rZXFigMWeyoaAA/featured

 

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
SEE PROGRAM HERE

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)

Gentrification & Data Workshop at Vanderbilt

Below are links to the workshop videos, which are posted to Youtube. The workshop is divided into 3 separate videos, and the contents of each video is posted within the 'description' section of each video:

Morning Session:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESwe0Fi93sU&feature=youtu.be

Afternoon Keynote: Erin McElroy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGjWSZmvb4k&feature=youtu.be

Afternoon Session:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94olGAgLbOs&feature=youtu.be

Additionally, here is the link to VISOR's Youtube page (which contains both the Fall multi-modal workshop, and the Spring workshop on gentrification):

 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZK3TgGN6rZXFigMWeyoaAA/featured

 

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
SEE PROGRAM HERE

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.”