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Gentrification, Displacement, and Alternative Futures

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May 6, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
168 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Gentrification is one of the most debilitating—and least understood—issues in American cities today. Scholars and community activists adjoin in Gentrification, Displacement, and Alternative Futures to engage directly and critically with the issue of gentrification and to address its impacts on marginalized, materially exploited, and displaced communities. 

Authors in this collection begin to unpack and explore the forces that underly these significant changes in an area’s social character and spatial landscape. Central in their analyses is an emphasis on racial formations and class relations, as they each look to find the essence of the urban condition through processes of demographic change, economic restructuring, and gentrification. Their original findings locate gentrification within a carefully integrated theoretical and political framework and challenge readers to look critically at the present and future of gentrification studies.

Gentrification, Displacement, and Alternative Futures is a vital read for scholars and researchers, as well as planners and organizers hoping to understand the contemporary changes happening in our urban areas.

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction Rodolfo D. Torres and Erualdo González Romero
  2. Neighborhood Change in Near-Transit Latinx Communities: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development by Michelle Zuñiga and Douglas Houston
  3. Downtown Revitalization in Tucson, Arizona: A Historical Case Study of the Menlo Park Barrio – A Case for New Realities by Deyanira Nevárez Martínez
  4. Houses for Living, Not Profit by Ernesto Lopez-Morales and Ignacia Saona
  5. Displacing Los Angeles Chinatown: Racialization and Development in an Asian Ethnic Space by Laureen D. Hom
  6. Gentrification and Resistance in the U.S. South: The Case of the Historic Third Ward Neighborhood in Houston, Texas by Jeffrey S. Lowe
  7. Commercial gentrification in a downtown "Made in Mexico": The Case of Santa Ana in Southern California, 1980-2011 by Erualdo R. Gonzalez and Tiffany Seeley
  8. Teaching, Learning, and Relationships to Space: Toward a Spatially Engaged Pedagogy by Nina Flores
  9. Artists as "Shock Troops" of Gentrification? by David Trend
  10. Gentrification in New Orleans: Global Discourses and Material Effects by Luis Mirón and Mickey Lauria

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Erualdo González Romero is Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at California State University, Fullerton. He is a critical urbanist and ethnic studies scholar, and in his work, he focuses on gentrification, neighborhood planning, urban health, and governance and public policy, with an emphasis on Mexican immigrants and communities of color. Dr. González is the author of Latino City: Urban Planning, Politics, and the Grassroots.  

Michelle E. ZunÞiga is Assistant Professor in Urban and Community Planning at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Her research focuses on resident perspectives and experiences of neighborhood change in predominately Latinx communities undergoing increased investment.

Ashley C. Hernandez is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine, where she studies and teaches on urban governance and inequality, race, and social movements. Her research investigates anti-gentrification activism and community-based organizations in East Los Angeles and beyond.

Rodolfo D. Torres is Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at the University of California, Irvine. He is co-author of The Latino Question: Politics, Laboring Classes, and the Next Left and co-author of Capitalism and Critique: Unruly Democracy and Solidarity Economics, among many other books.


"This exciting, fresh, and timely collection Gentrification, Displacement, and Alternative Futures discusses the enduring and yet changing relationship between race and class with respect to processes of gentrification and offers a welcome and distinctive Latina/o/x consideration. A key focus is the necessary confrontation between neoliberalism and racialized mobilization in resisting market and state driven gentrification. This is a book that will add much to gentrification debates and that scholars and activists alike should buy!"
Loretta Lees, University of Leicester

"What does it mean to place the study of gentrification, as a necessarily racialized process of displacement and dispossession, at the very heart of critical urban theory? Here is a bold volume that does precisely this, drawing attention to the many modes of gentrification from cultural place-making to art washing to transit-oriented development. Refusing the inevitability of such spatial restructuring, the authors root their research and analysis in communities that imagine, demand, and create alternative futures."
Ananya Roy, University of California, Los Angeles