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African Americans, Gentrification, and Neoliberal Urbanization: the Case of Fort Greene, Brooklyn / Themis, Chronopoulos

Journal of African American Studies, Volume: 20, Issue: 3, Pages: 294 - 322

Swansea University Author: Themis, Chronopoulos

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This article examines the gentrification of Fort Greene, which is located in the western part of black Brooklyn, one of the largest contiguous black urban areas in the USA. Between the late 1960s and 2003, gentrification in Fort Greene followed the patterns discovered by scholars of black neighborho...

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Published in: Journal of African American Studies
ISSN: 1559-1646 1936-4741
Published: 2016
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa30479
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Abstract: This article examines the gentrification of Fort Greene, which is located in the western part of black Brooklyn, one of the largest contiguous black urban areas in the USA. Between the late 1960s and 2003, gentrification in Fort Greene followed the patterns discovered by scholars of black neighborhoods; the gentrifying agents were almost exclusively black and gentrification as a process was largely bottom-up because entities interested in the production of space were mostly not involved. Since 2003, this has changed. Whites have been moving to Fort Greene in large numbers and will soon represent the numerical majority. Public and private interventions in and around Fort Greene have created a new top-down version of gentrification, which is facilitating this white influx. Existing black residential and commercial tenants are replaced and displaced in the name of urban economic development.
Keywords: Black Neighborhood; Brooklyn; Fort Greene; Gentrification; Neoliberal Urbanization; New York; Race
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Issue: 3
Start Page: 294
End Page: 322