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Is green gentrification inevitable? Locating the green space paradox with GIS

March 15, 2021 @ 12:05 pm - 12:55 pm CDT

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Hamil Pearsall is an urban geographer who investigates urban sustainability and environmental justice. Currently an associate professor and graduate chair in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University, she has focused on environmental gentrification and the social and environmental justice impacts of sustainability planning in post-industrial cities in North America.


Studies in several North American cities point to the connections between green space creation and gentrification, raising questions about how to improve environmental conditions in neighborhoods without unintended socioeconomic impacts. This study uses spatial and field techniques and interviews to examine the emergence of the green space paradox in neighborhoods across the city of Philadelphia and to characterize the conditions leading to gentrification associated with new parks. The study finds that gentrification isn’t an inevitable outcome but that some neighborhoods are primed for gentrification and parks can become part of this process.

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March 15, 2021
12:05 pm - 12:55 pm CDT
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