Global Real Estate and Community Resistance:
How Class and Race Shape Urban Politics and Planning
As the storied “Real Estate Capital of the World,” New York City has long promoted the myth of the harmonic “melting pot” of immigrants from across the world. Data, daily life and real politics suggest, however, that it is one of the most segregated cities, with huge economic and social inequalities. The most recent invasions by real estate investors are threatening long-ignored communities of color with gentrification and displacement, stimulating calls for genuine community-based planning and affordable housing. City government has instead used public relations schemes and public-private partnerships that make almost all new housing unaffordable to those who need it most. A community resistance intensifies, new possibilities for political change are emerging.
Tom Angotti is Professor Emeritus of Urban Policy and Planning at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He edited the recent book, Zoned Out: Race, Displacement and City Planning in New York City and the prize-winning New York For Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate. He founded and directed the Hunter College Center for Community Planning and remains active in debates about housing, planning and community development in New York City and around the nation. He founded and edited the quarterly Progressive Planning Magazine and is an editor of progressivecity.net.
The lectures take place at Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Rolighedsvej 23, 1958 Frederiksberg C and is cohosted by Plan, By & Process, RUC.
The event is open for all and followed by an informal reception.