Documenting Urban Neighborhoods and Claiming the Right to the City
The focus of this chapter is on mediated remembrance, particularly in the context of urban change as neighborhoods are affected by factors such as political fragmentation and division, economic decline, and gentrification. Investigated here are various means and strategies by which communities document and engage with the histories of their neighborhoods including collaborative mapping practices, archive creation, online repositories and games, art practices, and the provision of social services. Using a discussion of the “right to the city,” I explore strategies that allow for the representation of more complex stories rather than one-dimensional or polarized versions. Both the right to the city and remembrance projects address salient issues of urban transformation—such as redevelopment, conflict, and gentrification—and can involve processes of regaining control through acts of appropriation and participation.