Gentrification: read all about it

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GENTRIFICATION AND NEW ORLEANS

  • “It Wasn’t a Blank Slate” – Megan Braden-Perry, 12.31.13
    • The New Orleans where I grew up wasn’t some hip place you moved when you didn’t know what to do with your life. It wasn’t a “blank slate.” It was a place where you lived because you had ties there, because you were stuck there or because your job was there. You didn’t just come to New Orleans with a guitar and a dream.”
  • Glambeaux: Taking Cultural Appropriation Too Far – Gianna Chachere, 2.24.14
    • “The city’s cultural landscape is saturated with new incarnations of rituals and events that have morphed into meaningless trends, giving them a significance that is completely different and less nuanced than its original intent. In particular, the traditions that originated and existed in the African-American community are suddenly receiving praise and attention – but not for its originators.”
    • Here is the response from the founder of the Glambeaux, Dani Johnson, 2.25.14. Note different writing styles and rhetorical moves
  • Seven Years After Katrina, A Divided City – Jordan Flaherty, 8.30.12
    • “People hear the term “blank slate,” a term often used to describe post-Katrina New Orleans – as a way of erasing the city’s long history of Black-led resistance to white supremacy. As New Orleans poet and educator Kalamu Ya Salaam has said, “it wasn’t a blank slate, it was a cemetery.” Where some new arrivals see opportunity, many residents see grave robbers.  In response, those who find anything to praise in the old ways are often accused of being stuck in the past or embracing corruption.”
  • The Louisiana Justice Institute: “Gentrifiction” search results, many of these brief posts highlight the connection between violent policing practices and gentrification

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