Here’s a six minute video in which a former resident of the Mission District talks about how it has changed and how he feels that he was “kicked out.”
The Austin-American Statesman story we discussed in class was misleading. Read the original report on which it is based, and you can see that much of the segregation being discussed is a function of population size, density, and proportion of population with advanced education or wealth. Austin has a lot of those things, generally, so it scores high, generally. Beyond some point, too much inequality is bad for democracy and market systems, but the Statesman story is (typically) sensational and a bit confused.
Listen to this segment of the NPR podcast Invisibilia about a retirement community in the United States that caters to people from India.
Here’s the Texas Standard story we talked about in class yesterday: “Forget Gentrification, Let’s Talk About Youthification.”
Apropos our discussion Tuesday afternoon, see this story from NPR today:
Here’s some quick data from fivethirtyeight.com about what kinds of people are moving into and out of which parts of Austin. With maps! Specifically, there are fewer African Americans inside the city limits now compared to the year 2000, but more African Americans living in the metro area overall.
and the boundaries of the contentious notion of an overarching “black community:”
Look at these fascinating maps of regions of interaction in the United States. Note the hard border between Texas and Oklahoma.
We’ll be reading about and discussing gentrification in detail this semester. Here’s a Saturday Night Live short lampooning our stereotypes of both long term residents and newcomers in gentrifying neighborhoods, just for fun.