Imagining De-Gentrified Futures
New York City's working class and communities of color have been devastated by gentrification in the last fifteen years. Is it possible to disrupt the dominant narratives that depict gentrification as "inevitable" and a "natural" part of urban evolution—monolithic assertions that often come from real estate speculators, developers, extractive industries and the 1%? How can we harness our collective resources and trace a new trajectory that allows communities to flourish without being priced out of their neighborhoods? Drawing inspiration from anti-gentrification resistance across the U.S., decolonization movements, and Afrofuturism, this show will give permission to imagine, to dream, to unleash and explore ways in which socially-just futures can exist for city communities. Featuring works by artists, activists, cultural workers, urban planners and scholars, this exhibition aims to rethink the assumed trajectory of urban development.