Gentrification or Revitalization?

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 00:00 to 01:30

Kim Jackson will present: Gentrification in the Junction: erasure, displacements and the marketization of space past and present

Local organizations often deploy historical narratives to sell their neighbourhood to potential home buyers and business owners in an effort to reinforce gentrification processes. Taking the Junction as a case study, this research looks at historical continuities between colonization, as primitive accumulation, and gentrification as ongoing primitive accumulation strategies to continue the marketization of space. The increased marketization of both space and sociality rifts the community into those who participate and are therefore valorized, and those who do not and are therefore excluded, made vulnerable and considered expendable.

Brendon Goodmurphy will present: The Politics of Aesthetics in Toronto: Opportunities for Radical Urban Planning

In an effort to ‘revitalize' a neighbourhood by changing its aesthetics - that is, its look or feel - are communities contributing to its gentrification? In this research, I seek to understand how aesthetic strategies are mobilized at the neighbourhood level, and the role that they play in contested notions of community and conflicts over urban space. This research seeks to clarify the politics of aesthetics in community development, and the opportunities and challenges that aesthetics offer planners, artists and community organizers to bring about radical social change, based on the right to the city.


Event co-sponsored by Painting Our Stories and Community Arts Practice at York University.

Alternative Grounds
333 Roncesvalles Ave
Toronto , ON
43° 38' 57.1992" N, 79° 27' 0.1116" W
Ontario CA

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