‘Whose block is it anyway?’ Gentrification : Ark Republic announces fourth Major Collaborative Project

Newark, N.J. (June 7, 2019) — Brooklyn, Brixton, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Newark, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Oakland, Charlotte, Philadelphia—here is a list of some of the cities experiencing dramatic shifts in its landscape that are best defined as gentrification.

While some describe it as a welcomed renewal of urban terrain left neglected, others see it as a takeover. Urban geographer, Tom Slater, a professor at the University of Edinburgh, describes gentrification as “the spatial expression of economic inequality.” Filmmaker Spike Lee termed it as “the motherfucking Christopher Columbus syndrome.”

This is why we ask, “Whose block is it, anyway?” For Ark Republic’s fourth Major Collaborative Project (MCP), we call for your help tell stories of gentrification: a contested space of ideas, cultures and economies. Gentrification describes the phenomenon in which areas are usually occupied by poor or middle-class Black and Brown residents that are changed by mostly (but not all) wealthy, white persons, corporations and investment firms.

Please submit all CFPs to the following email: [email protected] with the subject line: Gentrification.