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Undesign the Redline Reading Group: Zoning
November 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pmFree
Neighborhood Battles in NYC: the Politics of Zoning
Gentrification in NYC has been lamented as inevitable, partially applauded as ‘progress,’ or blamed on artists and young people. In this session, we will debunk common notions about gentrification by examining the real causes of these urban transformations that systemically displace low income communities of color. We will consider the tools used by the city government and private developers to create these changes (for instance: financial instruments such as geobribing and tax breaks, and manufactured public consent in the land use process). Our case study will be Two Bridges in Lower Manhattan, but we will take a brief look at neighborhood rezonings across the city to see how people on the ground are fighting back, not only to block luxury towers, but also to advocate for their own community-led vision of the city.
Naomi Schiller is associate professor of anthropology. Dr. Schiller’s research and teaching focus on urban politics, climate justice, ethnographic film, and the state in Latin America and the United States. Her new research explores community activism, social class, coastal adaptation, and environmental justice in New York City.
Vanessa Thill is the Exhibits Designer at Barnard’s Milstein Center. She is an artist and writer who graduated from Barnard in 2013. She works as an organizer with Art Against Displacement and the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side. She is involved in housing justice and anti-displacement work in several capacities.