New Book Takes a Hard-Hitting Look at Gentrification and its Impact on Urban America
By: Hutchinson eBooks
The battle over gentrification, he contends, has stirred fear, anxiety, and trauma within many moderate and low income, predominantly African American, Hispanic and poor urban neighborhoods. On the other hand, Hutchinson notes, "It is cheered by defenders as the savior of inner cities, as the source of jobs, improved neighborhood services and housing, neighborhood renewal, revitalization, and a testament to ethnic multiculturalism."
Still, opponents blast gentrification as Black removal, a destroyer of Black culture and cohesion, a tax rip off for the rich, and an affordable enclave designed for middle-class whites. They brand it a racist hijack of Black and Brown communities, that displace thousands.
In The Gentrification Wars, Hutchinson dissects these issues; walking the reader through the history of gentrification in urban areas to pointed steps that public officials, residents, and developers can take to find workable solutions to the conflict. Hutchinson contends that "The impact of gentrification on the politics and economics of cities, race relations, urban history, and its divisive and contentious consequences for urban communities has become one of the nation's most pressing public policy issues. "
The Gentrification Wars, then, presents a balanced examination of a controversial issue that has and will continue to have a major impact on the future shape of urban communities. And most importantly, how it will affect the lives of the people in those communities.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson