This Thursday, I will moderate what should be a provocative City Affair panel discussion on the "g" word: gentrification. I volunteered to moderate because I lack a hard and fast definition of the word, and have been challenged and amazed at the wide range of connotations the word has attained. I'm eager to learn more about the cultural definition of the word, and look forward to the discussion.
Here's the event description:
What is meant by gentrification and whether that word is a positive or negative can vary depending on who uses it. Panelists will talk about the dynamics that they perceive as contributing to gentrification: real estate purchasing, property improvement, demographic change, perception of inclusion and other forces of city life.
The panel consists of:
Steven Smith - Owner of the Royale and activist
Minerva Lopez - Past President of the Cherokee Station Business Association
Alex Ihnen - Regional Director of Development at Washington University, blogger at St. Louis Urban Workshop
Alycia Green - Advocate at The People's Advocate St. Louis
Michael Allen will moderate the panel discussion.
Following forty five minutes of panel discussion we will open the floor to audience questions.
CITY AFFAIR XIV: GENTRIFICATION
MARCH 4, 2010
3155 Cherokee Street
Saint Louis, Mo. 63118