Recent PhDs Matt Anderson and Carolina Sternberg Publish Gentrification Study in Urban Affairs Review

Posted on 01/15/2016 | Matt Cohn

Matt Anderson and Carolina Sternberg, Geography and Geographic Information Science alumni (2012), have published a new study in Urban Affairs Review that examines the changing nature of "gentrification." The results of the study are discussed in the two following articles:

"How Black Gentrifiers Have Affected the Perception of Chicago's Changing Neighborhoods." - Atlantic Cities

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"Why are Pilsen and Bronzeville Redeveloping at Different Speeds?" - Chicago Magazine

Abstract: Urban redevelopment governances are commonly treated as singular, monolithic entities that are interactively homogeneous, deploying uniform ensembles of policies and practices across their respective cities. This study, alternatively, reveals these formations as adroitly proactive and interactively heterogeneous across their respective cities. Through a racial economy lens, we empirically examine the racial contours of this “governance heterogeneity” in one urban setting: Chicago, Illinois. In this frame, a comparative analysis of Chicago’s Bronzeville and Pilsen neighborhoods is presented. Both neighborhoods are constituted by different racial profiles: Bronzeville is home to a predominantly African-American population, whereas Pilsen is mostly Mexican and Mexican-American. The study reveals that redevelopment governances are differentially responsive to established, deeply rooted racialized conceptions of “Blackness” and “Latinoness.” As a result, the form and trajectory of redevelopment in both settings has unfolded in markedly different ways.