april 2: urban politics

a lot to read? maybe, but if you look closer, 2 of them are condensed versions of much longer pieces (you’re welcome!), so it’s not too bad…


april 4: reclaiming the city/reclaiming space

STOP READING NOW!______——–________——-____–_-_–______

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  • paul krugman (you don’t have to read this one, but it’s short and from this week’s nytimes, and related in terms of current thinking on cities), “cities for everyone
  • manuel castells, typology of urban movements (short, and mostly just a list of various perspectives on how to study community counter power, but if you’re interested it’s a nice typology)
  • lynn (!?!) owens, “from anti-tourists to tourists to tourist attractions: the transformation of the amsterdam squatters’ movement
    • (and, if you are interested in what’s happening in amsterdam lately, and read dutch (this is middlebury, of course you do!), you can read this article about a recent eviction of the tabakpanden in the central city, and the loss of a “necessary laboratory for a better world”) (and, and while we’re talking about evictions, here’s a video from an eviction in 2014, sadly but aptly titled “the state always wins“)
  • interested in the current housing/squatting situation in paris? (which is where i spent spring break a couple of years ago (although sadly not this year’s), working with squatting and housing advocates there), here are a few articles by a friend
  • and, if you are still interested in building occupations (and who wouldn’t be, right?), there’s a somewhat recently opened museum in nyc that covers the history of neighborhood/squatting struggles in lower manhattan, MORUS. here’s a story about the opening of the museum from the ny times (if you make it all the way to near the end, you’ll see a mention of “a tour they ran last year for a group of European academics studying squatting,” which included me, which may be the closest i will ever get to appearing in the times, but no one will ever know because i am not a “european academic”).
  • also, a recent story about political efforts to keep lots empty for decades in the lower east side of manhattan
  • headed back to europe, here’s a story (auf deutsch!) about the big squatting days festival held in hamburg a few years ago
  • and for all your squatting news:


april 9: immigration

that’s all you *have* to read, but you might also find these of interest:

  1. cities encouraging immigration to boost their economy
  2. ICE and sanctuary cities


april 11: more immigration (it’s important!)


visualizing immigration. it lacks any information on cities, but it’s a nice display of where people come from and go in the world, and kind of fun to play around with, and it looks pretty, too.


april 16: gentrification
lance freeman, a couple chapters from there goes the ‘hood.
(a supplement (but not a replacement!) for the reading: here’s a 6 minute interview from NPR that covers the main ambiguities of gentrification that freeman discusses in this book.) (here’s a more recent interview with him)
what’s in the (NOT REQUIRED BUT ONLY HERE IN CASE YOU HAVE TIME) news on gentrification lately? [all from ny times, not because it is “all the news fit to print” but just to show you all the relevant news being given away for free at your dining halls…]

(this one’s not from the NYT, but it’s too good to skip)

______options, options, options________ (including the option to ignore…)
what about the displaced populations? trickle down gentrification
remember our good friend david harvey? “a view from federal hill revisited (2009)” (this is a 30 minute video about the gentrification of baltimore. interesting, not a lot to see, so  you could put it in on and just keep an ear out for interesting stuff as you knit your sweater, or cultivate your garden, or train for your marathon, or whatever you do. by the way, i was part of the “rapt audience” for this little talk, but we in the audience never show up on the film. typical.)
this last one is not about gentrification but about immigration. it lacks any information on cities, but it’s a nice display of where people come from and go in the world, and kind of fun to play around with, and it looks pretty, too.
and while we are being nostalgic about the past (previous week’s topics, e.g.) here’s a newish article on squatting in the lower east side of nyc
april 18: more gentrification, hipster-style
richard lloyd, excerpts from neo-bohemia
[[that is the only reading for today. BUT, i thought, in light of some of the discussions of gentrification, racism, displacement, and what happened at starbucks over the weekend, here’s a little bit of theory from an urban sociologist explaining the difference between white spaces and black spaces (also relevant to immigration discussion from last wednesday, perhaps)
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april 23: creative culture and the culture of creativity

elizabeth currid, intro from the warhol economy  (here’s a video of her talking about the book, in case you think that’s better than reading (which it might be, but probably isn’t, so look if you want, or ignore if you want. either way, still read the chapter).)

elizabeth currid, “the economics of a good party” (a short article with a little more theory/depth in the argument made in her book)



april 25: saving the city with culture


sharon zukin and philip kasinitz, “a museum in the berkshires” — williams college and williamstown!

sharon zukin, from naked city, a tale of two globals: pupusas and IKEA in red hook” (a related story on zukin’s recent work on yelp and gentrification, which you don’t have to read, of course, but it’s here regardless.)

(if you are interested, here is the conclusion of this book, which touches on some important ideas of authenticity and “destination culture” that we will discuss in class, so read if you want, but i know you are busy, what with your cultural value creating parties and all…)