Book Talk with Brian Goldstein
Milbank Hall 223
Ella Weed Room
Brian Goldstein’s recently published book, The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle Over Harlem (2017), examines Harlem, America’s most famous neighborhood, during a period of tremendous change. This research connects the ambitious, often radical social movements that arose in the 1960s—especially the Black Power movement—with the increasingly privatized and economically gentrified reality that marked Harlem and similar neighborhoods by the turn of the millennium. Indeed, the Harlem of the new century—with large-scale commercial development on 125th Street and new middle-class housing in its neighborhoods—was not imposed on an unwitting neighborhood by outsiders, this book argues, but grew from the very movements that had emerged decades earlier to give Harlemites new control over their community. Gentrification resulted from transformations at the global, national, and municipal levels, but so too did residents themselves produce the landscape that observers called Harlem’s “second renaissance.”
Light refreshments will be served.