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Melissa Norton, “Gentrification and the Dynamics of Neighborhood Change”

Central Durham is in the midst of major physical, social, and economic transition. After decades of languishing, Downtown Durham is now thriving with investment, new businesses, and activity. However, as desire to live near downtown grows, we are witnessing a fundamental change in the look, feel, and composition of its surrounding neighborhoods.

Join Melissa Norton, the Project Coordinator for the Durham Living Wage Project, in discussing building a common understanding of what the term “gentrification” means, looking at the history of displacement and disinvestment in central Durham, and proposing a range of tools to policymakers, communities, and individuals to help ensure an equitable and inclusive central city in the years to come.

This event is a part of the Our Right to Say: Gentrification and Durham’s Future series.

Near the end of his life, Malcolm X pushed civil rights leaders to reframe their struggle as a campaign for human rights that included the right to self-determination. Gentrification — when market forces shift city neighborhoods into the control of the wealthy — can be examined in this light, since the voices of long-time and often poor and minority residents can be overlooked or suppressed in a push to “clean up” or renovate for wealthy, white families. In today’s Durham, gentrification is on dramatic display as former mill villages and warehouses are replaced by pricey condos, craft beer halls and locavore restaurants. How does a human rights lens shape the way we see our changing city? Who is making the decisions that will dramatically reshape this historically black and working-class city?

Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

Parking is available in the Smith visitors’ lots. Click the directions button below for more detailed instructions.

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Date:
September 30, 2015
Time:
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Smith Warehouse, FHI Garage, Bay 4
114 S Buchanan Blvd
Durham, NC 27701 United States
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