Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ironic Gentrification and the Migration of Globalization

Explaining urban Rust Belt gentrification at Pacific Standard magazine.

Theme: Globalization and migration.

Subject Article: "Housing Affordability in New York State."

Other Links: 1. "Behind a Blue-Collar Cliché: 'The Office' and returning natives help Scranton, Pa., stage a comeback."
2, "Why New Yorkers Are Moving to Philly and What It Means for Our City."
3. "Extensive and intensive globalizations: explicating the low connectivity puzzle of US cities using a city-dyad analysis."
4. "Fleeing Greater Density for Lower Taxes."
5. "Economic Geography of Eds and Meds."
6. "Safeguarding against gentrification, city seeks to protect residents near Medical Campus before a spike."
7. "A Cost-Control Lesson From an Unlikely Source."

Postscript: If I am right about globalization and gentrification spreading via talent migration, then local policy won't do much to address the problem of housing affordability. I'm skeptical of calls for more liberal zoning regulations and increasing units of housing as way to mitigating residential displacement. I think the key is what kind of jobs are linked to a given neighborhood. This geography is largely absent from the debate about gentrification because it doesn't fit within preferred narratives (e.g. Neil Smith's "revanchist city").

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