Have you ever wondered what happens years after gentrification has taken over a community? What happens to the lives of minorities who experience gentrification first-hand? According to PBS, gentrification is a “general term for the arrival of wealthier people in an existing urban district, a related increase in rents and property values, and changes in the district’s character and culture.” Exploring the World of Gentrification 101 dives into gentrification all around the state of New York. Students are provided with the opportunity to become more aware with the phenomenon that is taking over communities one step at a time.
Unlike most Urban Studies courses that generically cover gentrification briefly during poverty related lectures, Exploring the World of Gentrification 101 sets out with a mission to become knowledgable on the topic and ultimately take action for those negatively affected. Rather than the professor holding only lectures, students will part-take in readings and presentations that inform their peers in an active way for all to equally hear on the subject from each other. Students will be divided into groups for the semester according to a borough. Although there will be small quizzes and written assignments that cover the topic, the final is quite different. Groups are expected to have come up with a plan on how to help those negatively affected by gentrification. This must be a professional proposal and backed up by plenty of research. Get ready to fight the negatives of gentrification one borough at a time!