Is Greenpoint ‘Just Green Enough’?by on
Checkout Next City’s piece, Pretty Park, Affordable Rent: Making Neighborhoods “Just Green Enough” that examines the paradox of environmental gentrification.
A growing body of academic literature examines a paradox: Low-income communities tend to suffer from various kinds of environmental injustice, including shortage of green space. But when these concerns are addressed — the power plant closes, a park opens — the neighborhood becomes more desirable, often kickstarting a process of so-called “environmental gentrification.”
Most interestingly, the author talks about DePaul University professor, Winifred Curran’s case study of Greenpoint and how Greenpoint attempts this “careful balancing act.”
Read the complete Next City article, Pretty Park, Affordable Rent: Making Neighborhoods “Just Green Enough”.
Listen or view Curran’s lecture, Just Green Enough: Contesting Environmental Gentrification.
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