Just Green Enough: A dialogue on gentrification and just sustainabilities

Type: Panel
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Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Borgne Room, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
Organizers: Trina Hamilton, Winifred Curran
Chairs: Trina Hamilton


A decade ago, Greenpoint, Brooklyn became the birthplace of a “just green enough” (JGE) alternative to environmental gentrification – the “parks, cafes, and a riverwalk” model that ties environmental cleanup to high-end residential and commercial development – by advancing a neighborhood consensus around the twin priorities of industrial retention and extensive environmental remediation. The goal of this panel session and the book that it is based on (Just Green Enough: Urban Development and Environmental Gentrification, Routledge, 2018) is to push us to think through time (both backward to toxic legacies and the need for reparative justice and forward toward more comprehensive transitions), to anticipate the potential co-option of the JGE vision, and to shift from thinking about “fixes” to rights- and justice-based approaches as encapsulated by the broader “just sustainabilities” movement. The panelists will draw on their work across a diverse range of cities as entry points into conversations about rethinking urban development and environmental change. For planners, the conversations are about checking their assumptions about what makes an ideal green space and how to engage communities in sustainability planning. For politicians, the conversations are about the policy tools available and necessary to combat environmental gentrification in different places. For community activists, the conversations are about effectively advocating for and creating change within different social, economic, historical, and policy contexts. And for scholars, the conversations are about how to document structural drivers of environmental gentrification, but also to open ourselves up to possibilities for change and to translate opportunities across contexts.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Winifred Curran DePaul University 13
Panelist Trina Hamilton University At Buffalo 13
Panelist Julie Sze UC Davis 13
Panelist Priti Narayan Rutgers University 13
Panelist Leslie Kern Mount Allison University 13
Panelist Daniel Trudeau Macalester College 13
Panelist Jay Bowen University of Kentucky 13

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