Heather McLean, aka Toby Sharp, aka my co-conspirator as one of urban theory’s dirty sweaty little others, speaks with Minelle Mahtani on Roundhouse Radio about her remarkable research on “cultural regeneration,” feminist arts collectives, feminist world making, drag kinging, and more.
Dr. Win Curran’s new book from Routledge’s “Critical Studies in Urbanism and the City” series has been hotly anticipated by many of us! It comes out September 5.
Last month I spoke with feminist geographer Dr. Minelle Mahtani on her radio show – “Sense of Place” on Roundhouse Radio – about how yoga studios are one kind of significance of the “whitening” and gentrification of urban neighbourhoods.
Does gentrification have a rhythm? Is there a temporal landscape of gentrification? What happens to those who are not in synch with a newly “happening” neighbourhood?
These are some of the questions that I pursue in my latest paper for cultural geographies, “Rhythms of gentrification: Eventfulness and slow violence in a happening neighbourhood.”
This photo essay tells the story of my research into environmental gentrification in the Junction, Toronto. For over ten years, (2000-2010) I lived in a formerly industrial Toronto area that was considered by some to be “too shitty to even wreck.” Gentrification seemed a distant threat… but was it?