Model D Speaker Series: Gentrification

When you hear the word gentrification, what do you think?
With recent announcements of new retail development and housing incentive programs, the word is on the tip of many Detroiters' tongues. In other cities, these conversations happen too late, or not at all. So let's talk about it now. And then let's keep talking about it.
The word was coined in 1964 by British urban sociologist Ruth Glass to denote the influx of middle-class people to city neighborhoods, sometimes displacing lower-class residents. Since then, the word has been used, often pejoratively, to describe new development in urban areas that have suffered from disinvestment.
So what does gentrification mean in a city that has experienced extreme population loss over several decades? Is displacement even an issue in a place with thousands of abandoned homes and vacant properties? How do long-term residents feel about new residents and retail?
Join us for a frank conversation about the realities and myths of gentrification in Detroit presented by Model D and WDET. Speakers will include Kurt Metzger, Data Driven Detroit; Noah Stephens, The People of Detroit, Meagan Elliott, a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology & Urban Planning at University of Michigan, Burney Johnson from MSHDA, Malik Goodwin, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), Larry Mongo of Cafe D'Mongo's Speakeasy, Lori Robinson, B.L.A.C Detroit Magazine and Lottie Spady, East Michigan Environmental Action Council.

The discussion will be moderated by Jeff Wattrick of MLive
Come early (5:30 p.m.) for a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the Virgil H. Carr Center by Oliver Ragsdale, President of the Arts League of Michigan. Then stay after the discussion for a reception (8 p.m.) at the new COLORS restaurant downstairs (special thanks to Phil Jones).

Where: Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center, 311 E. Grand River Ave., downtown Detroit.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. But please note: Pre-registration is now closed. Seating available on a first come, first serve basis, with priority to pre-registered guests.
Presented by: Model D, WDET 101.9 FM, MSHDA, Arts League of Michigan