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?