In 1964 the term “gentrification” emerges….

 Language is never trivial.

If you think it means one thing and I think means another than how do we design revitalization in ways that prevent it from happening?
– Gentrification (k)NOT Movie

Ruth Glass, a sociologist coined the term gentrification in order to point at a certain dynamic that emerged in urban areas during redevelopment. ruth_glassGentrification: a dynamic that emerges when poor urban neighborhoods—through a process of renovation, restoration and residential shifts—change in ways such that current residents can no longer afford to live or work in their neighborhoods

Displacement was and still is — the essence of the term “gentrification.”

Gentrification, one type of Serial Forced Displacement.

In the Gentrification (k)NOT Movie Dr. Mindy Fullilove, a psychiatrist who studies cities and health, talks about how a system of Serial Force Displacement destroys health.

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“WE are living in the midst of a long series of policies, all of which do the same thing,  displace poor people and people of color from their communities. The names have changed but the game is the same. It is a system of elements that has been used over the decades that destroys communities.”

Who is the real enemy?        Language and the images we co-create.
– Gentrification (k)NOT Movie

 We need a new word to describe revitalization without  gentrification. 

We know what it is, so how do we prevent it from happening during the revitalization of a neighborhood? — You tell us.

Change the language, change the thinking, change the thinking change the doing, change the doing, change the language…. (It’s a circular dynamic)

Larry Richards 2012

Three things we might want to change

Dialectical rather than debate or hierarchical/achievement oriented practices.
Present/process consciousness rather than a purpose/goal directed consciousness.
Formulation of Desires through conversations into False Statements and Constraints.
Hierarchical thinking/purpose/belief generate a triumvirate that maintains a status quo* A triumvirate relation is different than triadic relation. A triumvirate, three notable things existing in relations with one another. A triadic relation, three notable things interdependent on each other in order to exist. The chicken, egg and rooster.

“If we desire a better world we must name the world we desire.”  — Amos Wilson


– in the domain of biology — conserve love.
– in the domain of the social — conserve conversations.
– in the domain of politics — conserve participation by all.
– in the domain of economics — conserve basic human needs are met.
– in the domain of ecology — conserve interconnections of all living systems.

Passions, not beliefs since beliefs stifle newness, descriptions/explanations, temporary constructs.

Question: When does the power of a respondent (1), the power of images (2), and the responsibility of a designer (3) generate a relation I desire?

Related Readings and Viewings 

Paradigms: The Inertia of Language
Languaging Language
Richards ASC 2012
Root Shock


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