Gentrification Is Inevitable and Other Lies

Gentrification Is Inevitable and Other Lies is a nonfiction book by Leslie Kern.

Leslie Kern

The book cover is a photograph of a city skyline with sky above. The city skyline runs vertically along the right edge of the book cover and the sky covers the left two-thirds of the cover.

This urbanite's guide to gentrification knocks down the myths and exposes the forces behind the most urgent housing crisis of our time.

Gentrification is no longer a phenomenon to be debated by geographers or downplayed by urban planners—it's an experience lived and felt by working-class people everywhere. Leslie Kern travels to Toronto, Vancouver, New York, London, and Paris to look beyond the familiar and false stories we tell ourselves about class, money, and taste. What she brings back is an accessible, radical guide on the often-invisible forces that shape urban neighbourhoods: settler-colonialism, racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, and more.

Gentrification is not inevitable if city lovers work together to turn the tide. Kern examines resistance strategies from around the world and calls for everyday actions that empower everyone, from displaced peoples to long-time settlers. We can mobilize, demand reparations, and rewrite the story from the ground up. (From Between the Lines)

Leslie Kern is an associate professor of Geography and Environment, as well as program director of Women's and Gender Studies, at Mount Allison University. She also wrote Feminist City: A Field Guide.

Interviews with Leslie Kern

Historically, cities have been planned, designed, and built by men. Yet there has always been more than one kind of city resident. That's why consciousness is growing around making urban spaces more inclusive of others. Vienna, for instance, has improved safety and convenience for women through the design of its housing, parks, sidewalks and street lighting. Geographer and author Leslie Kern explains why a "feminist city" benefits us all, in this talk for Carleton University's Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism.

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