Book Talk | Emerging Histories of Gentrification: The Brownstone, the Loft, and "Gente-rification"

Mon, Apr 11, 2016, 12:00 pm

Emerging Histories of Gentrification

Though the term has existed since 1964, scholars have only recently begun to write the histories of gentrification. This panel addresses how members of a new postindustrial middle class imagined new communities in Brownstone Brooklyn, the ways in which artists converted industrial lofts into homes and galleries in New York’s SoHo, and how Mexican-Americans led the rebirth of inner-city neighborhoods in Chicago and Dallas in the 1960s and 70s. Come learn about how grassroots social movements, race, public policy, and cultural politics shaped the origins of gentrification.



Suleiman Osman, author of The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn: Gentrification and the Search for Authenticity in Postwar New York (Oxford, 2011), the first full-length work examining gentrification by a historian.

Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz, author of “Latino Landscapes: Postwar Cities and the Transnational Origins of a New Urban America” (Journal of American History, Dec. 2014), winner of the Urban History Association’s Arnold Hirsch Award, the Society for American City and Regional Planning History’s Catheine Bauer Wurster Prize, and the Society of Architectural Historians/Southeast Chapter’s Best Article Prize.

Aaron Shkuda, author of the The Lofts of SoHo: Gentrification, Art, and Industry in New York, 1950–1980 (UChicago Press), which will be published on the day of the event, April 11, 2016.


Prospect House, Presidential Dining Room