Archinect - News 2015-10-08T19:38:20-04:00 New Philadelphians and the end of gentrification guilt Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-10-06T13:47:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T12:46:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="295" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;There's absolutely nothing wrong with a development that primarily aims to bring new people into the neighborhood, including people who don&rsquo;t have the same profile as the people who already live there,&rdquo; [...] Couldn&rsquo;t the restaurant&rsquo;s cheerleaders see how it was a little sad that in a place where mostly black students had once learned about carpentry and the culinary arts, mostly white people were now drinking ros&eacute;?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Adam Gopnik on why cities can't win Alexander Walter 2015-10-05T18:28:00-04:00 >2015-10-07T13:28:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Cities can&rsquo;t win. When they do well, people resent them as citadels of inequality; when they do badly, they are cesspools of hopelessness. In the seventies and eighties, the seemingly permanent urban crisis became the verdict that American civilization had passed on itself. Forty years later, cities mostly thrive, crime has been in vertiginous decline, the young cluster together in old neighborhoods [...] &mdash;and so big cities turn into hateful centers of self-absorbed privilege.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Can an Indianapolis arts collective pull off a fairer form of gentrification? Alexander Walter 2015-08-21T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-08-22T16:14:12-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I helped change one neighbourhood into a hipster place, and then we got priced out of there.&rdquo; Artist Jim Walker is describing the shift in fortunes of the Fountain Square district of Indianapolis, where his Big Car arts collective was born a decade ago &ndash; and of the artists and residents who have been forced to move on by the neighbourhood&rsquo;s gentrification. [...] Is there a more equitable way? That&rsquo;s just what Walker is trying to find out with his latest arts-led Indianapolis project.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Beach's ongoing grapple with the tech titan invasion</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentrification through a cinematic lens</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Locals welcome The 606, a.k.a. Chicago's "High Line", but anxiety for its future remains</a></li></ul> Venice Beach's ongoing grapple with the tech titan invasion Justine Testado 2015-08-11T21:20:00-04:00 >2015-08-13T20:10:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Slapped in the face is exactly how many Venetians are feeling by the tidal wave of new money. And the local tech boom, prompting 'Silicon Beach' references around town, is just one source of it</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="The rise and spectacular fall of Venice Beach's Pacific Ocean Park" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The rise and spectacular fall of Venice Beach's Pacific Ocean Park</a></p><p><a title="Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification?</a></p><p><a title="Oren Safdie's play &quot;False Solution&quot; finishes up its 3-week run this weekend in Santa Monica" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oren Safdie's play "False Solution" finishes up its 3-week run this weekend in Santa Monica</a></p><p><a title="Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods</a></p> Are apps the virtual gateway to physical gentrification? Julia Ingalls 2015-08-05T18:26:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T11:58:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="894" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Laundromats have recently been closing down in San Francisco, which prompted a Google employee to tweet in response "cost of disruption: washio and others have removed need for laundromat on every block." Who needs laundromats when there's an app for that? Well, people who can't afford to spend $15 a pop on washing their socks, for starters. The tweet prompted a thoughtful article in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tech.Mic</a>, in which the short-term gains of disruptive app inventors are speculatively played out to their potential society-eroding ends, especially in the arenas of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> and health care. In this case, the article points out that the laundry delivery app in question is exactly that: a delivery service that still uses third-party launderers to actually clean the clothes, but charges for the convenience.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Apparently, the San Francisco laundromats are closing mainly because of the usual gentrification pressures in the form of desirable cheap real estate, not necessarily because of apps. However, assuming ...</p> Herzog & de Meuron to redevelop Berlin’s infamous Tacheles cultural center; locals fear gentrification Alexander Walter 2015-06-24T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-06-24T14:27:00-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Herzog &amp; de Meuron, the Basel-based architecture studio that designed London&rsquo;s Tate Modern, is due to redevelop Berlin&rsquo;s famous art squat Tacheles. The massive warehouse, in the now fashionable Mitte district, was occupied by artists after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. A symbol of the city&rsquo;s subculture, Tacheles became a major tourist attraction. In 2012, the authorities closed the art centre amid widespread protests by artists and anti-gentrification campaigners.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Those hipster millennials might not be the true gentrifiers of U.S. neighborhoods Justine Testado 2015-06-23T15:55:00-04:00 >2015-07-04T22:13:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Often, at least in America, we think of regular people as the agents of change&mdash;the artist, the boutique coffee shop owner, the tech startup. But as much as gentrification is an organic process, fueled by opportunity seekers and bargain hunters, it&rsquo;s developers and financiers who have become the savvy midwives of change. Once they detect the early signs of gentrification, they bring on the serious money.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More:</p><p><a title='"Eco-Gentrification," or the social ramifications of "urban greening"' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Eco-Gentrification," or the social ramifications of "urban greening"</a></p><p><a title="Revisiting Sharon Zukin's &quot;Loft Living&quot; and NYC gentrification" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Revisiting Sharon Zukin's "Loft Living" and NYC gentrification</a></p><p><a title="With gentrification, the end of racial segregation moves into LA's Highland Park neighborhood" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With gentrification, the end of racial segregation moves into LA's Highland Park neighborhood</a></p><p><a title="Amsterdam's &quot;ugly&quot; architecture from the 70s proves resilient against gentrification" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amsterdam's "ugly" architecture from the 70s proves resilient against gentrification</a></p><p><a title="So gentrification is just a myth after all?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">So gentrification is just a myth after all?</a></p> There is nothing so stable as change: Nick Taylor, director of BIG's 2WTC video, and McShane Murnane of Project M Plus on Archinect Sessions #34 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-18T18:22:00-04:00 >2015-07-08T10:13:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Easily the biggest news of last week, and probably of this year, was the unveiling of BIG's design for 2WTC. For a project of such status, on such a highly charged site, representation must be handled with expert care &ndash; so to dig a bit deeper into <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the splashy video introducing&nbsp;2WTC</a>, we spoke with Nick Taylor, co-founder of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Squint/Opera</a> and director of the BIG video. We cover Squint/Opera's historied relationship with architects and how creative vision is managed across many powerful stakeholders.</p><p>Paul and Amelia also sat down with McShane Murnane, architecture director and co-founder of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Project M Plus</a>, a husband-wife creative studio out of Los Angeles' Silver Lake. Often viewed as a case-study for gentrification in LA, Silver Lake has established a highly specific aesthetic within the Californian sensibility, that has its pros and cons &ndash; we speak with Murnane about how he's dealt with issues of developmental displacement head-on.</p><p>And in the news, we discuss how&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>&nbsp;is faring am...</p> Berlin approves rent cap law to curb its skyrocketing rents Alexander Walter 2015-06-02T13:42:00-04:00 >2015-06-03T22:02:34-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Berlin has become the first city in Germany in which rent-control legislation has come into force in a bid to put the breaks on some of the fastest rising rents in Europe. From Monday, landlords in the capital will be barred from increasing rents by more than 10% above the local average. Such controls were already in place for existing tenants but have now been extended to new contracts. &ldquo;[...] the difference between the rent paid in existing contracts and new contracts is so high [...]&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> "Eco-Gentrification," or the social ramifications of "urban greening" Nicholas Korody 2015-05-12T15:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T22:41:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The High Line is...a perfect example of &ldquo;environmental gentrification&rdquo; &ndash; the growing phenomenon of rising property values in the wake of a large-scale urban greening project... While intended to serve existing residents, in reality it tends to increase land values to the point that those who live there are forced to leave. This exodus in turn transforms the sociological contours of the area and, by extension, the spatial segregation of the entire city.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Is NYC losing its "New Yorkiness"? Alexander Walter 2015-05-11T13:03:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T09:33:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Amanda Burden often said that, thanks to Bloomberg, "we are building and rezoning today once again like Moses on an unprecedented scale, but with Jane Jacobs in mind." That's oxymoronic. You can't do both. As for who's winning the future of New York, it's clearly the followers of Moses. The preservationists are the underdogs here.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Built for Humans: Bryce T. Bauer interviews Sharon Zukin Orhan Ayyüce 2015-05-11T12:40:00-04:00 >2015-05-11T12:59:19-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When you have every neighborhood looking the same, you know the city is at a danger point. And why should anybody want to live here, why should anybody want to visit here? A metropolis like New York or London or Shanghai is built on a strong sense of individual neighborhoods, and we are destroying that.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The sociologist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sharon Zukin</a> on the role of the artist in gentrification, challenges to affordable housing, and the commodification of New York City&rsquo;s loft lifestyle.</p><p>"I blame it all on&nbsp;<em>New York</em>&nbsp;magazine. In the late &rsquo;70s, early &rsquo;80s, New York, like other US cities, was just coming out of twenty years of middle-class flight. When Jane Jacobs wrote&nbsp;<em>The Death and Life of Great American Cities</em>, she, of course, was a gentrifier, but she represented a minority view: &ldquo;Aren&rsquo;t cities great? Aren&rsquo;t cities exciting?&rdquo; I think, still, most Americans would rather live in homogenized, clean suburbs than live in gritty cities, certainly in gritty areas. But&nbsp;<em>New York</em>&nbsp;magazine upheld the good of cities. And from a certain point of view, you can&rsquo;t complain that they were making city life look vibrant."</p> Revisiting Sharon Zukin's "Loft Living" and NYC gentrification Justine Testado 2015-04-08T13:14:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:39:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="794" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Loft Living was first published, artists&rsquo; laments about real estate in New York City mirrored the concerns that have plagued residents for much of the last century. Namely, it&rsquo;s tough to find a suitable and affordable place to live. Since the late &rsquo;80s, the tenor of that complaint has shifted from one of anxiety to one of fear...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Guernica magazine interviewed sociologist Sharon Zukin following the 25th-anniversary release of her 1989 landmark book "Loft Living" last year. Revisiting her timely book -- which focuses on NYC's SoHo neighborhood when upscale real estate properties took over industrial lofts and artists' studios -- Zukin discusses urban theorist Jane Jacobs, perpetually soaring rent rates, NYC's changing demographics and affordability, and the influential yet seemingly overlooked role that arts communities play in the complex American "pastime" that is gentrification.</p> With gentrification, the end of racial segregation moves into LA's Highland Park neighborhood Alexander Walter 2015-03-23T14:16:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:25:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For years, our family journeys have taken us from our hillside home, in the multiethnic Mount Washington district of northeast Los Angeles, into the flatlands of the Latino barrios that surround it. My wife, Virginia Espino, who is Mexican-American, knows these neighborhoods well, especially the community called Highland Park. [...] &ldquo;I saw them all move out,&rdquo; my wife said one day, referring to the neighborhood&rsquo;s white residents. &ldquo;And now I&rsquo;m watching them move back in.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Amsterdam's "ugly" architecture from the 70s proves resilient against gentrification Alexander Walter 2015-02-20T13:44:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T20:20:23-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In times when the rest of the city is rapidly becoming extremely expensive, Amsterdam&rsquo;s ugly light gray and pink-yellow housing blocks are staying affordable, with rents contingent on income. Their continued presence in the city is becoming a memorial for a once-existing Amsterdam, in which almost all space in the city was equally distributed.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A closer look at the Giza 2030 master plan: blessing or curse for Egypt? Alexander Walter 2015-01-27T14:11:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T21:31:13-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="277" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Is this the promising future of Giza 2030? What is the status of Giza 2030 after the Egyptian Revolution in 2011? Would it be a curse or a blessing if I were from Giza? And my message to the current Egyptian regime is this: if this is the future of Egyptian cities, please leave the situation as it is.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Photographer documents Egypt's monumental housing developments in the desert</a></p> Weekly News Round-Up for January 19, 2015 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-26T20:46:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T21:04:35-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="584" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Sunday, January 25:</em></strong></p><p><a title="Aaron Betsky To Lead Taliesin West" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Betsky To Lead Taliesin West</a>: Effective immediately, Betsky will "set the intellectual&nbsp;tone or the School&nbsp;" as it undergoes a rough and potentially definitive funding period.</p><p><strong><em>Friday, January 23:</em></strong></p><p><a title="Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House to reopen once again in February" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House to reopen once again in February</a>: So culminates a six-year and nearly $4.4M restoration project, to return the house to its early 20th century state.</p><p><strong><em>Thursday, January 22:</em></strong></p><p><a title="Megataaaall Shanghai Tower enters final construction phase" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Megataaaall Shanghai Tower enters final construction phase</a>: It's 632 meters tall, symbolizes China's Future, and is flanked by two other skyscrapers repping China's Past and Present.</p><p><a title="David Chipperfield pledges to carefully &quot;optimize&quot; Mies van der Rohe's Neue Nationalgalerie" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Chipperfield pledges to carefully "optimize" Mies van der Rohe's Neue Nationalgalerie</a>: Chipperfield also renovated Berlin's Neues Museum, and plans to "keep as much Mies as possible".</p><p><strong><em>Wednesday, January 21:</em></strong></p><p><a title="'Can of Ham' skyscraper coming to London after all" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Can of Ham' skyscraper coming to London after all</a>: Delayed since 2008 after the financial crisis hit, the hamscraper will sit in close company to London's Gherkin.</p><p><em><strong>Monday, January...</strong></em></p> The Calvert Journal asks experts: How to fix Moscow? Alexander Walter 2015-01-22T14:42:00-05:00 >2015-01-22T14:43:21-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Big, brash, and full of energy, Moscow is a city that knows how to make an impression. But for all its attractions &mdash; world-class museums, clubs and rapidly transforming food scene, to name a few &mdash; its downsides are impossible to ignore. [...] This week, The Calvert Journal considers Moscow&rsquo;s prospects, consulting experts at the Moscow Urban Forum, looking in detail at two projects in the pipeline &mdash; VDNKh and Zaryadye Park &mdash; and checking out some neighbourhoods that are already going places.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> So gentrification is just a myth after all? Alexander Walter 2015-01-19T14:22:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T20:44:48-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s time to retire the term gentrification altogether. Fourteen years ago, Maureen Kennedy and Paul Leonard of the Brookings Institution wrote that gentrification &ldquo;is a politically loaded concept that generally has not been useful in resolving growth and community change debates because its meaning is unclear.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s even truer today. Some U.S. cities do have serious affordability problems, but they&rsquo;re not the problems critics of gentrification think they are.</p></em><br /><br /><p>What's your take on John Buntin's <em>Slate</em> piece?&nbsp;</p> 50 years of gentrification: will all our cities turn into 'deathly' Canberra? Alexander Walter 2014-12-12T13:22:00-05:00 >2014-12-14T09:35:30-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Economist Intelligence Unit puts Melbourne in first place, followed by Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, Adelaide and Calgary. There is never any mention, on any list, of London or New York, Paris or Hong Kong. There are no liveable cities where you might actually want to live. [...] Liveability, it seems, is defined by a total absence of risk or chance, pleasure or surprise. It is an index of comfort, a guide to places where you can go safe in the knowledge you&rsquo;ll never be far from a Starbucks.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Can NYC Create a New Neighborhood Without Displacing an Old One? Alexander Walter 2014-12-11T14:03:00-05:00 >2014-12-12T03:44:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With a nod to Mayor Bill de Blasio&rsquo;s affordable housing plans, New York City&rsquo;s Department of City Planning is inventing a &ldquo;new neighborhood&rdquo; to take what it thinks is a promising section of the Bronx from parking lots to high-rises. While the city has promised to make community outreach a cornerstone of its plans, the idea of a &ldquo;new neighborhood&rdquo; has left many who live there seeing Brooklyn-infused foreshadowing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Activists “Evict” Businesses in Gentrifying L.A. Neighborhood Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-12-10T13:22:00-05:00 >2014-12-10T13:22:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On November 8th, a group called the North East L.A. Alliance (NELA Alliance) held a public art performance titled &ldquo;Procesion de Testimonios: Evicting Displacement,&rdquo; which sought to bring attention to changes in Highland Park. The procession began along the most visibly gentrifying corridor, York Boulevard, and the group served mock eviction notices to businesses the group didn&rsquo;t feel were &ldquo;culturally inviting, affordable and displaced long-time businesses,&rdquo; according to organizer Melissa Uribe.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Bed-Stuy In Memoriam Alexander Walter 2014-11-10T15:46:00-05:00 >2014-11-10T15:48:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Neighborhoods of contemporary New York are primarily defined by the choices and actions of the people who call them home. They are collages fashioned from layer upon layer of small accretions that we plaster and paint onto our environments. Sometimes, this paint is literal [...] rich diversity of murals in memoriam found throughout Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn &mdash; public artworks that reflect a particular history of violence, racial prejudice, and, in some cases, the mixture of the two.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bed-Stuy Prices Soar</a></p> In light of 5 POINTZ demolition, DEFACED fights to protect NYC's artistic roots Justine Testado 2014-09-30T17:20:00-04:00 >2014-10-08T23:23:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="454" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Upon the recent controversial demolition of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"5 POINTZ" graffiti mecca</a> in Long Island City, NY, a group of architects consisting of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arianna Armelli</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ishaan Kumar</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Sepulveda </a>and Wagdy Moussa came up with the idea of DEFACED. In the proposal, DEFACED is an organization that is dedicated to the preservation of cultural landmarks, districts, and neighborhoods worldwide.</p><p>Using 5 Pointz as a starting point, DEFACED asserts not only the timeless value of open artistic expression but also the need to build communities where all inhabitants can benefit and thrive. The proposal calls attention to NYC's gentrifying cityscape over the last decade, ongoing socio-political concerns, and last but not least, that a structure like 5 Pointz &mdash; although considered an eyesore to some &mdash; was truly a luxury of its own kind.</p><p>Below is the project in fuller detail, provided by the architects:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"INTRODUCTION: You see, it goes like this; New York City was affordable when it was ugly and unpleasant; when di...</p> The future of gay neighborhoods Nam Henderson 2014-09-18T14:24:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T15:22:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Historically, gay neighborhoods are spatial expressions of a specific form of oppression. If the form of oppression changes, so will the spatial expression. So we live in a moment of unprecedented societal acceptance of homosexuality, and as a result the meaning and the composition of these districts are in flux.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Amelia Abraham interviewed&nbsp;Amin Ghaziani, author of a new book titled&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">There Goes the Gayborhood?</a>&nbsp;</em>The discussion touched on; the history of these neighborhoods, their&nbsp;four defining characteristics and their role in gentrification or urban revitalization.</p> Life After Brooklyn Alexander Walter 2014-08-25T13:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-26T08:52:39-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Fed up with rising rents, bidding wars and neighborhoods that no longer resemble the low-rise bohemian enclaves they found when they arrived, many Brooklynites are moving out. They include decade-long renters who can no longer keep up with price hikes, qualified buyers who have been outbid one too many times, and young families who simply can&rsquo;t find the space they want at prices they can afford.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Gentrification of Burning Man Orhan Ayyüce 2014-08-21T00:19:00-04:00 >2014-08-25T17:07:29-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="527" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Anyone who has been going to Burning Man for the last five years is now seeing things on a level of expense or flash that didn't exist before,&rdquo; said Brian Doherty, author of the book &ldquo;This Is Burning Man.&rdquo; &ldquo;It does have this feeling that, &lsquo;Oh, look, the rich people have moved into my neighborhood.&rsquo; It&rsquo;s gentrifying.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>"By the way, there are over 62 million Burning Man results in the&nbsp;<a href=";aq=t&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;rls=SUNA,SUNA:2006-47,SUNA:en&amp;q=burning+man" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google search</a>&nbsp;but who can guarantee they all originate from Nevada desert? After all, men and women burn daily all over the world. Right?" - from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burning Man, a new religion?</a>&nbsp;</p> Weekly News Round-Up for August 4, 2014: Musk, Martha and monuments Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-11T15:53:00-04:00 >2014-08-11T15:57:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong>Friday, August 8</strong>:</p><ul><li><a title="Guggenheim Bullies Journalist" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guggenheim Bullies Journalist</a>: Molly Crabapple reports for <em>Vice</em> on inhumane immigrant labor conditions on Saadiyat island in the UAE,&nbsp;where a new arm of the Guggenheim (and Louvre, and NYU) is being built. The Guggenheim holds its cards close and skirts responsibility when Crabapple pushes for answers.</li><li><a title='Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Controversial new app will keep you away from "sketchy" areas</a>: "SketchFactor" rates an area's "sketchiness" based on crowd-sourced local data. Critics are worried that the app will amplify racial profiling and encourage stereotyping.</li></ul><p><strong>Thursday, August 7:</strong></p><ul><li><a title="Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods</a>: Harvard sociologists identify another determinant in the gentrification debate: racial composition. Their report, focusing on Chicago, found that a neighborhood's economic redevelopment depended on certain thresholds of black and white residents.</li><li><a title="Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an international architectural body " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu called for the suspension of the Israeli Architects&rsquo; Association from an intern...</a></li></ul> Gentrification and the Persistence of Poor Minority Neighborhoods Alexander Walter 2014-08-07T13:26:00-04:00 >2014-08-08T16:15:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When we talk about why some places gentrify and others don't, there's often a pressing, underlying question at stake: To what degree is gentrification bound up with and shaped by race? This is the subject of a path-breaking new study by Harvard doctoral student Jackelyn Hwang and urban sociologist Robert Sampson published in the August issue of the American Sociological Review.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Bed-Stuy Prices Soar Nicholas Korody 2014-08-06T13:51:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T13:50:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As prices rise in Brooklyn, brokers in Bedford-Stuyvesant have been breaking sales records left and right since March [...] Nine of Bed-Stuy&rsquo;s top 15 residential sales in the past five years are from 2014 [...] Meanwhile, the median sales price during the second quarter rose to $630,000, up from $425,000 in the second quarter of 2013. In June of this year, the median asking price was even higher, according to StreetEasy data: $895,000, a 50.4 percent increase from June 2013.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>