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Friday, April 10 • 8:05am - 9:30am
FR8.05.03 Place-Making for the Poor: Creative Destruction and Security of Home

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This session will focus on place-making for and by low-income households. Rather than situated outside investment in urban space, low-income households find themselves at the center of urban change, which makes them vulnerable to displacement and the loss of the security of home. Economic change, real estate cycles, and transformations of urban governance all produce "creative destruction" which limits low-income households' control over place-making. At the same time, this dislocation can serve as a basis for political opportunities to make claims to the security of place. Speakers will draw on insights from studies that they have engaged in, focusing on investment in home-ownership and rental housing, transformation of public housing, and community land trusts. The comments will be focused on how low-income households are exposed to forces of creative destruction, what their effects are for the security of place and home, and how alternative forms of place-making can work to rebuild autonomy, security and political capacity.


Edward Goetz

University of Minnesota

Jeffrey Lowe

Texas Southern University

Kathe Newman

Rutgers University

Susan Saegert

City University of New York

Benjamin Teresa

Rutgers University


Susan Saegert

City University of New York

Friday April 10, 2015 8:05am - 9:30am
Windsor (2nd floor)