Abstract

Abstract:

Though the term “gentrification”—a process by which residents in impoverished neighborhoods are displaced and the built environment altered to suit the tastes of wealthier residents—was introduced in 1964, documentary evidence of this phenomenon is still lacking. The author suggests real estate flyers as an appropriate focus for research efforts. The materiality of these documents—paper, photography, and the architectural features they reflect—offers opportunities to expand on extant efforts to document as well as resist gentrification. Examples from the author’s collection of real estate flyers gathered in the neighborhoods of West Oakland, California, are provided. In conclusion, documentary tactics are suggested as a complementary approach to documentation strategy in attempts to capture the sociomaterial dimensions of gentrification.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1559-0682
Print ISSN
0024-2594
Pages
pp. 612-629
Launched on MUSE
2021-05-06
Open Access
No
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