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January Wednesday

Gentrification 2.0: The Good, the Bad, and the Blurry


From Sunset Park to East New York, barely a neighborhood in Brooklyn isn’t ensconced in its own version of the gentrification debate.

Beyond the posturing and the rhetoric is a nuanced history and present day reality that’s neither all good, nor all bad. Join Matthew Schuerman, author of Newcomers: Gentrification and Its DiscontentsKay Hymowitz, Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of The New Brooklyn: What It Takes to Bring a City Back; and James Rodriguez, professor of history at Guttman and contributor to the book Racial Inequality in New York City Since 1965, for a balanced examination of a heated topic. Moderated by Jarrett Murphy, executive editor of City Limits.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

6:30 pm


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    Kay Hymowitz

    Kay S. Hymowitz is the William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. She has published numerous articles on childhood, family issues, poverty, and cultural change in America in such publications as New York TimesWashington PostWall Street JournalThe New RepublicThe Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, Public Interest and The Wilson Quarterly. Hymowitz is the author of five books, including The New Brooklyn: What it Takes to Bring a City Back. A native of Philadelphia, she has lived in Park Slope for 35 years.

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    Dr. James Rodriguez

    Currently the assistant professor of history at Guttman Community College, Dr. James Rodriguez graduated with a Ph.D. in American Studies at New York University (NYU), completing his dissertation on race, police, public housing policy and gentrification. Rodriguez is the co-author of the chapter “Social Capital, Gentrification, and Inequality in New York City,” in Racial Inequality in New York City: Looking Backward and Forward, published by SUNY Press in 2018. Alongside teaching and academic research, he has worked as a public housing and land use organizer on the Lower East Side and a curriculum developer and consultant at the Murphy Institute.


    Matthew Schuerman

    Matthew Schuerman is an award-winning journalist and author of the book, Newcomers: Gentrification and Its Discontents published last year by the University of Chicago Press. He is now Senior Editor at WNYC Radio, where he is currently overseeing local coverage of the 2020 federal and state elections.

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    Jarrett Murphy

    Jarrett Murphy is the executive editor of City Limits. Before coming to City Limits, he worked at WFUV-FM, The Hartford Advocate, and the Village Voice. Jarrett won the 2007 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, the 2007 PASS Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and the Deadline Club’s 2011 award for best coverage of issues affecting minority groups.