Gentrification of the American School System, Richard Kaiser (Le Monde Diplomatique

Schools Drive Back to City: 4th Grade in English 4 Class at Charter School, Castlemont High School, Oakland, CA May 8, 2018

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W.hen Middle-class families, mostly non-white, move from the suburbs to the cities to enroll their children in modern schools, increasing property values. You’ll find coffee shops, upscale supermarkets, and boutique shopping. And rapidly rising costs are forcing low-income renters to move. On the other hand, the presence of these privileged residents increases police and safety. This rebellious process of eviction and neighborhood transformation is called gentrification.

Gentrification is nothing new. Washington, D.C.’s mayors and national leaders are concentrating low-income residents in spaces with low land prices once called ghettos to clean up neighborhoods near downtown, waterfronts, and parks that attract high-income taxpayers. I have used many strategies to From the 1930s to the 1970s, American presidents used wrecking balls and bulldozers to demolish homes in poor communities, displacing hundreds of thousands of people, and keeping government subsidies out of reach for private developers. promoted a policy dubbed Urban Renewal, which paved the way for the construction of new homes that had never existed before. For nearly all former residents.

The government and media saw this as a renaissance. Many people, including James Baldwin, have renamed it “Negro Removal.” This rhymed with urban regeneration and seemed like a more honest account. New highways and bridges were used to displace poor black (and some poor white) communities, connecting increasingly congested neighborhoods inhabited by the poor with vast areas cleared for the middle class. In between, it has created a divide that is hard to walk on and cannot be easily policed. In an effort to slow the outflow to the suburbs, the mayor of the allegedly bankrupt city has raised funds to demolish homes and clear land for sports stadiums, hotels, convention centers and tourist destinations such as Baltimore’s Harborplace. I came to do it.

When the poor were forced to flee to other parts of the city with low-rent, dilapidated buildings, they were less visible to those who were mayors (…)

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