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Changing the Mindset of Gentrification: From Harming to Healing

Updated: Nov 22, 2021



In this TED Talk, Liz Ogbu, an architect, explores spatial justice: the idea that justice has geography and that the equitable distribution of resources and services, such as food and health, is a human right. Through this lens, Ogbu questions gentrification: that poor people (and often people of color) will be displaced because of development and urban planning. "Why is it that we treat culture erasure and economic displacement as inevitable?" she asks, asking developers, architects, and policymakers to instead "make a commitment to build people's capacity to stay in their homes, to stay in their communities, to stay where they feel whole." Listen to her talk here!


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