Hello! My name is Lauren O’Shea, and I created this website for my Urban Education course taught by Doris Santoro during the Spring 2017 semester at Bowdoin College. This site examines how increased gentrification within predominantly low-income, minority communities in cities across the country has impacted urban public schools. Although gentrification has caused stratification and segregation urban school districts, it has also sparked a flurry of grassroots organizations across the country that aim to stop gentrification and its subsequent low-income, minority displacement from communities.
[Photo of protests at the Twin Towers worksite from Chicago Reader article, “Activists Worry CTA-friendly housing will accelerate Logan Square gentrification” by John Greenfield]
[Photograph from Patch.com article, “Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Protesters Confront City Planners:PHOTOS ‘Whose City? Our City!’ by Simone Wilson”]
This page hopes to not only demonstrate the harms of gentrification on low-income, minority communities but also show the adversity and power of community organizing around against this issue across the country. It’s incredible to see how unity can spark change, and I hope this website highlights the promise in urban communities dealing with gentrification! Thanks for viewing this page!
References for Header and Background Photo:
Old red brick wall as background | Stock Photo. (2012, March 19). Retrieved May 1, 2017, from https://www.colourbox.com/image/old-red-brick-wall-as-background-image-3676349
Rosenberg, Z. (2014, February 18). Archicritic Defends His Point That Gentrification Is Not ‘All Bad’. Retrieved May 1, 2017, from https://ny.curbed.com/2014/2/18/10142240/archicritic-defends-his-point-that-gentrification-is-not-all-bad