Who gets to decide that the ghetto is an endangered habitat? And why does salvation need to come in the form of Starbucks and yoga studios and brunch spots with bottomless mimosas? Why is the only way to save the ghetto through the power of white money and high-priced real estate and the white gaze? This essay collection aims to provide a nuanced gentrification narrative, a platform for voices who do not want to be confined by the term victim. Let’s seize the heart of the narrative from the conqueror and return it to the witness.
Editor's Note, by Vanessa WilloughbyThe Ghost Town In Me, by Leslie Contreras SchwartzOn Public Space, Race, and Belonging, by Kaila PhiloDisplacement: A Hypothetical, by Tochi OnyebuchiGently-fied, by Lizz HuertaFaggot & the City: A Black Queer Agitation of Gentrification, by Myles E. JohnsonThe Eating Scene, by Lilian MinSouthern Colonization and Why My Mama and a Few People Ain't Got No Peace of Mind, by Kariyana Calloway
Curated by Vanessa Willoughby