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SS-339 I Heart/Break New York: Gentrification & Urban Change

3 Credits

Gentrification is the talk of the town. But what exactly is gentrification? What produces it? And where do you fit in? This class will focus on gentrification as a process of urban change, considering its contemporary manifestations in cities around the world. Course topics will include an overview of the history of urban development and housing policy, structural racism, community development, "the Right to the City," and grassroots social movements. We will explore New York as a case study, documenting the stories that shape people's everyday struggles living in one of the world's "global cities" through readings, discussion, film, multimedia, archival research, oral histories, and new digital technologies