Episode 10: Breaking Down Gentrification with Jackelyn Hwang

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     Tim Smith is the pastor of the Keystone Church in Hazelwood, and he also runs the Center of Life community empowerment organization for families and kids in the neighborhood. (Jessica Kourkounis for Keystone Crossroads)

    Tim Smith is the pastor of the Keystone Church in Hazelwood, and he also runs the Center of Life community empowerment organization for families and kids in the neighborhood. (Jessica Kourkounis for Keystone Crossroads)

    Gentrification is a controversial issue playing out in cities across America. What happens when wealthier residents begin to move into a lower-income neighborhood? Who gets to stay, and who doesn’t? In episode 09 of Grapple, we heard about how the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Hazelwood is on the cusp of change. Residents there are hopeful about a major new development and the potential job opportunities; but they’re also concerned the development could push them out of their community. On this episode, Jackelyn Hwang joins us to discuss some of the latest trends and research around gentrification. Hwang is a postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University, and will join the faculty of Stanford University as an assistant professor of sociology in the fall of 2017.

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