Resist!! Defending Neighborhoods from Gentrification and Dispossession

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group, Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Galvez, , Marriott, 5th Floor
Organizers: Jeremy Stone
Chairs: Jeremy Stone


Since Ruth Glass coined 'gentrification' we have read thousands of tired papers on the Williamsburgs, Shoreditches, and Missions of the world - reflective autopsies on "what went wrong" and "how the revanchists won out". Though important, these have clouded the very real need for strategies of resistance. Our responsibility as geographers, planners, and thinkers is not merely to offer descriptives but also prescriptives. We have the duty to connect stories of defiance, deviance, innovation, and success between all the communities we work in and serve. We MUST do more.

This session moves beyond post-mortem geographies of dead and dying neighborhoods and asks the age-old question: What Is To Be Done? What is being done? Who is fighting? How are they doing it? How do we replicate, scale, invigorate, magnify, and celebrate the daily practices that indigenous residents and their allies are using to defend communities that are vulnerable to catastrophic change.

We invite all residents, activists, radical planners, fed-up academics, messianic geographers, and anyone who might just have a damn-good-idea who want to share it, tear through the details and challenges, and get people passionate about the possibilities of doing things differently. We encourage sharing of interests that include but are not limited to: restorative listening sessions, squatters collectives, community land trusts, defensive development, resident-based permitting/development boards, heritage business designations, protests, blockades, covert ops, cutting satire, etc. Whatever you've got, bring it.

This session is a panel but we welcome all forms of participation including paper recitations, illustrated drawings, freestyle mp3s, interpretive pantomime, Whatever it takes to exchange information, network within the room, and keep the fire going. Do your thing.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Kenton Card University of California - Los Angeles 10
Panelist Kimberly Miranda 10
Panelist Analena Hassberg University of Southern California 10
Panelist Margaret Ellis-Young 10
Discussant Jeremy Stone University of British Columbia 10

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