The University as a Gentrifier

Universities have embarked on aggressive campaigns to continue attracting students to their campuses. In many cases these campaigns required the universities to expand their borders into surrounding neighborhoods, in order to build parking lots, university housing, movie theaters and other amenities to ensure faculty, staff, and students were properly accommodated. When universities expand their campuses to meet the needs of the increasing population of students they also infringe upon their community neighbors and change the geographic landscape. Through the years, these changes have created a chasm between universities and the adjacent neighborhoods that are often low-income communities of color. For instance, John Kromer in speaking of the University of Pennsylvania noted the university embarked on an aggressive campaign of “seizure and purchase of real estate, the deliberate extermination of indigenous family-owned businesses and the unrelenting harassment of black males. In line with the current conversation around the “Black Lives Matter” campaign, this talk will focus on the impact of universities as progenitors of gentrification.



Adjunct Assistant Professor, New York University

Kwesi Daniels is a sustainability professional whose life's passion is creating sustainable communities. He has developed his abilities in design, project management, and financial feasibility analysis through more than a decade of teaching, architecture, affordable housing development, and community service experience around the country. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Tuskegee University in 2002, a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2003, and a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University in 2013. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Urban Geography at Temple University, conducting urban sustainability research.


8:30 PM @ Antibes bistro


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