The End of the Ghetto?

Lance Freeman

Lance Freeman

Examining Gentrification in Black Neighborhoods

Urban policy expert Lance Freeman will discuss gentrification and racial stratification throughout the United States in a lecture at Dickinson, “The End of the Ghetto? Gentrification in Black Neighborhoods 1980-2015,” on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. in the Stern Center Great Room.

Gentrification is the economic upgrading of urban communities that results in racial and economic demographic shifts in neighborhoods. It is an increasingly prevalent trend throughout historically black neighborhoods in various cities. Freeman will examine the trend’s possible causes and implications for black communities.

Freeman is a professor in the urban planning program at Columbia University. His research interests include affordable housing, gentrification, ethnic and racial stratification in housing markets and the relationship between the built environment and well-being. Freeman previously taught in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Delaware, and worked at the Mathematica Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C. He is the author of There Goes the Hood: Views of Gentrification from the Ground Up.

The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Black Student Union, the departments of political science, economics and sociology and the program in policy studies. This is a Clarke Forum student project manager-initiated event.

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Published April 19, 2017