The Political Waves of Displacement: Heritage and Neoliberal Urban Renewal

Author(s): Kelly M Britt

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Urban Erasures and Contested Memorial Assemblages" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

During the 19th and 20th centuries in the US, some urbanization methods included displacement of the working-class and communities of color. Discriminatory housing policies delineated communities to the periphery of the urban landscape, many to industrial zones or fringe housing stock. Largely forgotten, these communities now find themselves on hallowed capitalistic ground—waterfronts with views or historic districts with character. Resiliency projects and private investment in historic districts complicates the current cycle of urban re-creation, at times erasing these communities through neoliberal urban renewal. Many development projects are located in historic districts or are attached to governmental funding that require environmental reviews. Therefore, does heritage and heritage management play a role in the social sustainability of communities? Or contribute to the gentrification process? This paper explores how targeted communities in New York City respond to these latest waves of displacement.

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The Political Waves of Displacement: Heritage and Neoliberal Urban Renewal. Kelly M Britt. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449260)

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Displacement Politics Urban

Geographic Keywords
United States of America

Temporal Keywords
19th-21st centuries

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 282