Emerging Histories of Gentrification: The Brownstone, the Loft, and "Gente-rification"

Event date: 
April 11, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm
History Department
By Invitation Only
Emerging Histories of Gentrification: The Brownstone, the Loft, and "Gente-rification"
April 11 at 12:00 p.m.
Prospect House - Presidential Dining Room
Though the term has existed since 1964, scholars have only recently begun to write the histories of gentrification. This panel addresses how members of a new postindustrial middle class imagined new communities in Brownstone Brooklyn, the ways in which artists converted industrial lofts into homes and galleries in New York’s SoHo, and how Mexican Americans led the rebirth of inner-city neighborhoods in Chicago and Dallas in the 1960s and 70s. Come learn about how grassroots social movements, race, public policy, and cultural politics shaped the origins of gentrification.
Panelists include:
Suleiman Osman, author of The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn: Gentrification and the Search for Authenticity in Postwar New York (Oxford, 2011), the first full-length work examining gentrification by a historian
Andrew Sandoval-Strausz, author of “Latino Landscapes: Postwar Cities and the Transnational Origins of a New Urban America” (Journal of American History, Dec. 2014), winner of the Urban History Association’s Arnold Hirsch Award, the Society for American City and Regional Planning History’s Catheine Bauer Wurster Prize, and the Society of Architectural Historians/Southeast Chapter’s Best Article Prize.
Aaron Shkuda, author of the The Lofts of SoHo: Gentrification, Art, and Industry in New York, 1950–1980 (UChicago Press), which will be published on the day of the event, April 11, 2016
The event is organized by Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities and the Program in American Studies.
Area of Interest: 
Social History
Urban History
United States
20th Century
21st Century