WHAT IS GENTRIFICATION?
Hearing Room 3: 3:30—4:30pm

Of all the terms in urban planning, gentrification may be the one that is the most loosely defined. What do we mean when we talk about gentrification? Two urban planners and a journalist discuss their work, research, and life experiences in Oakland and elsewhere.

LANCE FREEMAN is a professor in urban planning at Columbia University in New York City. His research focuses on affordable housing, gentrification, ethnic and racial stratification in housing markets, and the relationship between the built environment and well being. 

MALO ANDRE HUTSON is an assistant professor of city and regional planning at UC Berkeley where his recent research has focused on interviewing preexisting residents of gentrifying neighborhoods on their resilience strategies.

GORDON YOUNG is the author of Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Utne Reader, and numerous other publications.

DASHKA SLATER (moderator) has received a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is also an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in such publications as NewsweekSalonThe New York Times Magazine, and Mother Jones. She has published four children's books and one book for adults.