Keeping The Culture Alive: Using Representation to Combat Gentrification in Urban Cities

Authors: Jenelle Collier*,
Topics: Urban Geography, Cultural Geography, Ethnic Geography
Keywords: representation, community, gentrification
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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This poster summarizes research done in Baltimore, Washington D.C., and San Francisco in Summer 2018. I examined the importance of urban murals and gardens as representations of real Black, Latinx, and Asian communities rather than tourist attractions. I found that many recent gentrification efforts have caused concern for these minority communities because they do not want to have to leave a place where their roots are so deeply sewn, yet tourism is important to maintain each neighborhood’s economic structure. The murals display residents’ pride and connection to their communities. Often, they depict minority leaders whose work was impactful or inspirational. The gardens show the citizens' efforts in both retaining and bettering their communities. While many of these neighborhoods are seen as run down and unwelcoming, they are actually representative of culturally rich areas at risk of being negatively impacted by gentrification.

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