Spatial Patterns and Personal Perceptions of Gentrification in Burlington, VT

Authors: Kimberly Furtado*, University of Vermont
Topics: Urban Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Gentrification, Urban Planning, Burlington
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Roosevelt 4.5, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Gentrification has been a concern of geographers and urban planners since the word’s invention in 1963. The bulk of gentrification research focuses on gentrification’s form in global cities. However, gentrification is not limited to metropolises, but rather can occur in cities and towns of all sizes. This thesis will explore the actual forms, patterns and perceptions of gentrification in Burlington, Vermont from 1981 until the present day. Drawing on debates within urban geography regarding the processes and practices that make up gentrification, I will conduct empirical research with key informants and on archival material to better understand Burlington’s specific experience with gentrification. To accomplish this, I will be using mixed methods that combine critical mapping of the patterns of land use and real estate values with interviews of local stakeholders involved in urban planning. The resulting maps will serve as a resource for city residents and urban planners to better visualize over time the gentrification narratives in Burlington. This thesis hopes to answer the following questions: Where has gentrification occurred in Burlington? Who is being most affected by gentrification? Do personal perceptions of gentrification match the actual spatial patterns of gentrification in Burlington? What can be gained, especially in terms of community planning, by comparing perceptions of gentrification to the actual patterns it takes?

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