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Let's Talk: Gentrification, Urban Politics, City Planning

Join us for a discussion about gentrification, urban politics, and the pernicious merger of city planning and real estate capital.

Our cities are changing. Around the world, more and more money is being invested in buildings and land. Real estate is now a $217 trillion dollar industry, worth thirty-six times the value of all the gold ever mined. It forms sixty percent of global assets, and one of the most powerful people in the world—the president of the United States—made his name as a landlord and developer. In his new book, Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State, Samuel Stein looks at the way urban planning functions under these conditions. Planning agencies provide a unique window into the ways the state uses and is used by capital, and the means by which urban renovations are translated into rising real estate values and rising rents. Capital City explains the role of planners in the real estate state, as well as the remarkable power of planning to reclaim urban life.

Stein will be joined by Caitlin Cocilova (Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless) and Parisa Norouzi (Empower DC) for a conversation moderated by Amanda Huron (University of the District of Columbia, author of Carving Out the Commons: Tenant Organizing and Housing Cooperatives in Washington, D.C.).

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