Cultural Geography Specialty Group Marquee Address by Michael Crutcher, "Revisiting Treme, New Orleans most endangered neighborhood"
Treme: Race and Place in a New Orleans Neighborhood (2010) was arguably the first book-length project (outside of architectural surveys) published about a New Orleans neighborhood outside of the French Quarter or Garden District. It was certainly the first to apply a spatial lens to the historical process of neighborhood change, racialization and cultural traditions in New Orleans. Eschewing pre-existing claims of Treme being the country’s first Black neighborhood or the birthplace of jazz, “Treme” critically examines the way the neighborhood’s undeniable link to Black cultural traditions are threatened by increasing changes in neighborhood composition. This talk revisits several aspects of my earlier work on Treme emphasizing the neighborhoods’ relationship between landscape and resistance. From there I update the state of the neighborhood, paying particular attention to recent developments in landscape and housing. The paper concludes, as the book, with the prospects for change in Treme’s culture and composition.
|Presenter||Michael Crutcher*, , Revisiting Treme, New Orleans most endangered neighborhood||60||5:20 PM|
|Introduction||Matthew Cook Eastern Michigan University||10||6:20 PM|
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