The Legacy of Marion Barry

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Cross-Posted from Sociology in My Neighborhood: DC Ward Six Written by Johanna Bockman On Friday evening, the Annual DC Historical Studies Conference hosted “The Legacy of Marion Barry” roundtable discussion. It was a fascinating discussion, but there is so much more to say about his legacy. This is especially true, given that Marion Barry passed away this […] . . . → Read More: The Legacy of Marion Barry

DC Displacement of the Poor: They Do What They Can Get Away With

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Cross-Posted from Sociology in My Neighborhood: DC Ward Six Written by Johanna Bockman As many of you know, there is much discussion about the future of the DC General homeless shelter. This morning, the Post’s Petula Dvorak stated, “Developers are salivating over D.C. General. It’s a huge property with plenty of potential. So there’s no question that it […] . . . → Read More: DC Displacement of the Poor: They Do What They Can Get Away With

Considering the Political Motivations Behind Gentrification

Gentrification Isn't Inevitable

Johanna Bockman is a sociologist and curator of the blog Sociology in My Neighborhood: DC Ward Six. She has been working with Grassroots DC and the Potomac Gardens Community on the production of the documentary Potomac Gardens Inside and Out (which you’ll soon hear more about on this site and beyond). Below is a post […] . . . → Read More: Considering the Political Motivations Behind Gentrification

Keep Public Housing

The Future of Your Street

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 offered a diagnosis: […] . . . → Read More: Keep Public Housing

Confronting Gentrification: Part One

Confronting Gentrification

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. In the video below, […] . . . → Read More: Confronting Gentrification: Part One