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Are Urban Planners Partly to Blame for Gentrification?

Tanner Howard CityLab
The world’s real estate is worth an estimated $217 trillion, making up more than 60 percent of global assets. Even though three-quarters of that amount is tied up in housing, it hasn’t translated to secure shelter or prosperity for many...

Why D.C. Statehood Is a Reproductive Justice Issue

Shireen Rose Shakouri Rewire
Inseparable from the struggle for reproductive justice and individual bodily autonomy is Washington DC's fight for the rights held by other citizens of this country: to hold our elected officials accountable for delivering the resources we need to foster safe and healthy communities.

New 'Opportunity Zone' Program Risks Gentrifying Distressed Communities

Sue Sturgis Facing South
map The new Opportunity Zone program created by last year's tax bill, it offers investors tax breaks in exchange for investing in high-poverty communities. Depending on how the funds operate, the program could end up serving as a tax subsidy for gentrification.

The Healthy D.C. Economy is Leaving Behind Longtime Black Residents, New Study Finds

Perry Stein Washington Post
Half of all new jobs in Washington, DC will require at least a bachelor's degree, although only 12.3 percent of Black residents in 2014 had graduated from college. And, now that wealthier residents have moved back to cities, rent increases have left longtime residents unable to afford their homes.

This Land Is Whose Land?

Matt Hern ROAR Magazine
Understanding the forces deforming our cities today requires more than a class analysis of capitalist land speculation. We have to talk about race.

The Invisible Segregation of Diverse Neighborhoods

Jake Blumgart Slate
Today, segregation in America looks different than it did a generation ago. Neighborhood-level diversity is increasingly common and, correspondingly, that all-white neighborhoods aren’t as prevalent. However, even in diverse neighborhoods, divisions of race and class still exert their power. Most social institutions, churches, recreations centers, restaurants, barber shops and hair shops, schools, and civic associations remain segregated.

Gente-fied | Series Trailer

GENTE-FIED is a web series produced by America Ferrera that follows seven characters as they deal with the effects of change in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. An explosion of fusion tacos, LGBTQ raza, micheladas, defiant murals, generational clashes and more.

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