Gentrification is one of the most debilitating—and least understood—issues in American cities today. Scholars and community activists adjoin in Gentrification, Displacement, and Alternative Futures to engage directly and critically with the issue of gentrification and to address its impacts on marginalized, materially exploited, and displaced communities. 

Authors in this collection begin to unpack and explore the forces that underlie these significant changes in an area’s social character and spatial landscape. Central in their analyses is an emphasis on racial formations and class relations, as they each look to find the essence of the urban condition through processes of demographic change, economic restructuring, and gentrification. Their original findings locate gentrification within a carefully integrated theoretical and political framework and challenge readers to look critically at the present and future of gentrification studies.

Gentrification, Displacement, and Alternative Futures is a vital read for scholars and researchers, as well as planners and organizers hoping to understand the contemporary changes happening in our urban areas.

chapter 1|6 pages


ByRodolfo D. Torres, Erualdo González Romero

chapter 2|19 pages

Neighborhood Change in Near-Transit Latinx 1 Communities

Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development
ByMichelle E. Zuñiga, Douglas Houston

chapter 3|19 pages

Downtown Revitalization in Tucson, Arizona

A Historical Case Study of the Menlo Park Barrio—A Case for New Realities
ByDeyanira Nevárez Martínez

chapter 4|15 pages

Houses for Living, Not Profit

ByErnesto López-Morales, Ignacia Saona

chapter 5|13 pages

Displacing Los Angeles Chinatown

Racialization and Development in an Asian American Space
ByLaureen D. Hom

chapter 6|13 pages

Gentrification and Resistance in the U.S. South

The Case of the Historic Third Ward Neighborhood in Houston, Texas
ByJeffrey S. Lowe

chapter 7|21 pages

Commercial Gentrification in a Downtown “Made in Mexico”

The Case of Santa Ana in Southern California, 1980–2011
ByErualdo González Romero, Tiffany Seeley

chapter 8|12 pages

Teaching, Learning, and Relationships to Space

Toward a Spatially Engaged Pedagogy
ByNina M. Flores

chapter 9|12 pages

Artists as “Shock Troops” of Gentrification?

ByDavid Trend

chapter 10|15 pages

Gentrification in New Orleans

Global Discourses and Material Effects
ByLuis Mirón, Mickey Lauria