On February 18, a panel discussion on the critical implications of “urban renewal” in DC communities took place at American University. The first speaker was Johanna Bockman. An Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Affairs at George Mason University, Bockman also runs the blog Sociology in My Neighborhood: DC Ward Six. We posted that video here a few weeks ago.
The second speaker in the series was Claudia Barragan a Master’s student at American University’s School of International Service. She has worked as an urban planner and on the panel provides a critical look at gentrification through this occupational lens.
American University students Sophia YoshiMi and Luis Enrique Salazar organized the panel discussion. Part three is Parisa Norouzi. We’ll post that next week.
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Cross-Posted from Sociology in My Neighborhood: DC Ward 6 Written by Johanna Bockman I was struck by this comment in the Washington City Paper (Chatter, Shelter Skelter, 3/21/14) a week or two ago: [DC] Public officials attributed the crisis to a confluence of little affordable housing and the vapor trails of the Great Recession. Reader spmoore [...] . . . → Read More: Keep Public Housing
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