• Joel Brown

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    Joel Brown is a staff writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. He’s written more than 700 stories for the Boston Globe and has also written for the Boston Herald and the Greenfield Recorder. Profile

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There are 2 comments on Can We Stop the Gentrification of Cities?

  1. I really enjoyed the positive and hopeful outlook this piece has for the future based on this conference. Many of the notable speakers seem to have extensive backgrounds in fields related to the topic, but I couldn’t help but wonder about the constant mention of areas that are already typically associated with affluence. While low income and homelessness were mentioned time and time again, many of the areas that seem to spark conversation are the areas that I associate already with money (areas surrounded by businesses or universities that cost 75K and above). This almost seems like an issue that was being ignored until it affected the middle-class populations of Boston, which would be tone-deaf, to say the least. When the actual people with low incomes are being displaced, it would just be extremely relevant to hear about the places they’re being displaced to. What are they like? I know a lot of black and brown people have been facing higher rents in traditionally lower-income areas like Dorchester. I think there is a lot of change happening here and I don’t think the middle class issues should be overlooked, but people also should not lose sight of the core issue of gentrification. Many of the families that are being displaced don’t have the money or credit to accommodate eviction in the way that some middle-class families may and that leaves them not just displaced, but entirely homeless. In general, the piece was amazing and it genuinely fosters hope, but a more expansive scope on humanity to emphasize the dire need for change would be appreciated –just so everyone is represented in a way that seems equitable.

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