It’s Not About Gentrification

Now that the question of gentrification is not a subject only talked about behind closed doors, it’s time to dig deeper into the root causes of gentrification. While we continue to debate whether economic development will lead to physical and cultural displacement, the issue of gentrification is merely a symptom of much deeper structural/cultural challenges. There are a litany of …

Gentrifying Indy: A Close Look at the Numbers

By WildStyle – Keith R. Paschall II According to a study commissioned by LISC Indy, 5 census tracts have experienced displacement causing the percentage of African-Americans to drop some significantly in several neighborhoods. The study done by the Center for Community Progress shows the Near Eastside neighborhoods of Cottage Home and Holy Cross experienced a 56% decline in their African-American …

Police Reform Revisited?

“A reform that begins with the officer on the beat is not reform at all. It’s avoidance. It’s a continuance of the American preference for considering the actions of bad individuals, as opposed to the function and intention of systems.” – Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Myth of Police Reform. On July 14th, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced his plan to bring …

From Indy Community Innovation Lab Emerges “New Music”

What is the Community Innovation Lab and why is KI involved? The lab will bring divergent voices across sectors together periodically over the next 18 months to dig deeper around a specific community issue. The lab is a collaborative effort between EmcArts – a nonprofit art consulting organization based in New York – and local conveners: Spirit & Place, Groundwork …

Gentrification by Flood: Welcome to “New” New Orleans

When I was a little girl, we moved to northern Indiana from New Mexico. New Mexico didn’t have hurricanes. Indiana, on the other hand, had a lot of tornado… threats. The nightly news would track the storm. When it escalated to Tornado Warning, I’d haul all my stuffed animals to the basement. Had to save them. I had quite an imagination. …

From the Closing of Double 8 to Marsh: Food Access Apocalypse in Central Indiana

The recent closing of 10+ Marsh grocery stores across Indianapolis has me reflecting on the challenge of food access in Central Indiana. I remember as if it were yesterday when all the Double 8 stores closed in our communities. “Oh man!” said Paulette Fair as she tried to get into the closed store. “I need carrots and collard greens and …

Reflections on How to Kill a City by Peter Moskowitz| Part I

In his opening remarks, Peter Moskowitz lays out an utopian village where urban living allows everyone to thrive. He then plunges deep into the causes of its collapse. Raised in the West Village of New York City, the neighborhood bears little resemblance to the streets he called home as a child. Yet, this very community was once heralded as an …

Indianapolis Equity Profile from PolicyLink

Presentation created by Alexis Stephens, Senior Communications Associate at PolicyLink. Presented at Kheprw Institute on September 25, 2016 at Gentrify: Equitable Development vs. Economic Development.