Resilience and gentrification in post-disaster recovery: Community development, participatory action, and equity in reconstruction

Type: Paper
Theme: Hazards, Geography, and GIScience
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Napoleon B3, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: Jennifer Rogalsky
Chairs: Jennifer Rogalsky


We have reached the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the twelfth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and 2017 brought multiple hurricanes affecting countless communities in the Atlantic and Caribbean. These, and other, natural disasters have displaced many communities, broken down social networks, interrupted services, and caused citizens to suffer many injustices.
Responses to the devastation can vary from grassroots efforts to clean up after the disaster, to community members advocating for their neighborhoods because they know what they need better than anyone else, to developers and municipal leaders speeding up the process of gentrification.
Through recovery efforts, storm-ravaged places like Brooklyn and New Orleans are stronger and more resilient today; however, many communities have suffered through “planning fatigue” as a result of the slow pace of recovery. Many communities have also suffered from displacement and the replacement of low-income housing with upscale gentrification projects. Many communities have also suffered from a variety of other injustices.
This paper session intends to examine gentrification and redevelopment in these sites of disaster and displacement. We welcome papers that include discussions of participatory action, asset-based community development, social and community resilience, and justice issues related to post-disaster planning and reconstruction.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jennifer Rogalsky*, State University of New York, Geneseo, Using Story Maps to understand and advocate for community assets in the face of post-disaster gentrification in Red Hook, Brooklyn 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Jeremy Stone*, University of British Columbia, Le'Kedra Robertson, Milne Inspiration Center, The New Louisiana Purchase: Gentrification and Disaster in the Heart of New Orleans 20 3:40 PM
Presenter Angeliki Paidakaki*, University of Leuven, Frank Moulaert, University of Leuven, Pieter Van den Broeck, University of Leuven , Social resilience hidden in the ‘governance’ details? Zooming-in on the multifarious social capital of post-Katrina housing systems 20 4:00 PM
Presenter Jenny Hay*, City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation, Building Resilience through Heritage Conservation 20 4:20 PM
Presenter Shan Jin*, Shenzhen University, Haibo Huang, Shenzhen Yi Zhou Architecture Design Co.Ltd., Research on the Reshaping of Regional Culture in Post-disaster Reconstruction - A Case Study of the Reconstruction of Shuimo Town in Wenchuan, China 20 4:40 PM

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