Episode 12: "There Goes the Hood" - A Conversation About Gentrification w/ Dr. Lance Freeman

April 4, 2018

 

 

 

Generally described as a process that results in the displacement of economically disadvantaged people of color, gentrification has taken on a negative connotation and remains an emotionally and racially charged issue. But is the negative perception of gentrification warranted? Is it always a bad thing? Are there ways to responsibly reinvest in economically depressed neighborhoods? Today, we tackle these questions with Dr. Lance Freeman, a Professor in the Urban Planning program at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. We begin by defining gentrification (19:20) and highlighting common misconceptions on the topic (21:47). We then discuss the relationship between gentrification and displacement (25:10), the role of race in gentrification (33:13), whether gentrification can positively impact a neighborhood (40:00), and the relationship between gentrification, crime, and policing (43:33). Dr. Freeman closes the interview by discussing how to maximize the benefits and minimize harm associated with gentrification (1:00:46) and providing advice to individuals who feel pushed out of their neighborhoods (1:06:55).

 

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Ty and Daphne Discuss Recent News

12:35 - Boyz in the Hood Gentrification Clip

14:53 - Introduction of the Topic

15:50 - Learn more about Dr. Freeman

48:40 -  What motivates the negative perception of gentrification?

53:44 - How has the public and academics received Dr. Freeman’s research?

1:10:16 - Ty and Daphne reflect on the interview

 

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