Gentrification Is Inevitable and Other Lies
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.