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The Student Coalition on Expansion and Gentrification at Columbia was represented by three undergraduates and one recent graduate (names?).

SMEAC was not represented at the panel as slated, though an East Baltimore resident (name?) and community organizer speaks toward the end of the recording.

SCEG Mission Statement (from http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cssn/expansion/)

w/ Stevphen Shukaitis, Beka Economopoulos, Alan Moore, Christina Ulke & Adrian Blackwell.

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We just discovered the newly redesigned website for the Right to the City Alliance, and it's got some great material on it, including a new resources page, the current highlight of which is a great 43-page case study of media representation of gentrification in the Bay Area called "Displacing the Dream"

A View From Federal Hill, Revisited

February 14, 2009 - 08:49 -- john

David Harvey's essay "A View From Federal Hill," which originally appeared in The Baltimore Book and was later reprinted in Spaces of Capital, is one of the most influential texts to address the corporate redevelopment of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, and a model for reading the political economy of a city's skyline, especially where, as in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, a tourist-focused policy of capital accumulation through public financing was the order of the day.

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Cultural producers and community organizers collaborating to combat privatization and gentrification

February 12, 2009 - 13:21 -- john

For at least a decade a number of social movements have been reclaiming New York City’s public spaces: from the late 1990s Reclaim the Streets, to the Critical Mass(es), to the recent struggles against the rezoning of Williamsburg, Atlantic Yards, Coney Island in Brooklyn, and the privatization of Union Square, micro-initiatives and broad coalitions, tactical displacements and organized campaigns have opposed a vision of urban development driven only by corporate interests and real estate speculations.

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The Master's Tools? Communities retaking local government and repurposing official planning rhetoric

February 12, 2009 - 10:15 -- john

This first part of this panel explores the theory and tactics used to navigate
the contradictory logic of `revitalization without displacement'
and divert a conventional economic planning project toward anti-
gentrification ends. The presentation will exhibit the strategy,
process, and results of a `revitalization plan' prepared for two
Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) in one of downtown
Toronto's last non-gentrified neighbourhoods. In preparing this
plan, we were asked to work within the structure of revitalization
planning for business-oriented clients: a limit placed on our

Resisting gentrification in the creative city

February 11, 2009 - 19:19 -- john

The use of the creative class by capitalists in the urban environment.

Metropolitan Glide, Metropolitan Strike

Recent developments in post-workerist / autonomist thought have
focused on the city as a site production and resistance, in
particular as a locus of struggle precisely because of the becoming-
productive of the city: from the social factory to the factory-city,
the productive metropolis. To say that the metropolitan space has
become productive, in the same way that it has been argued that
all of life (social cooperation, communication, affects, creativity)

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