The Visual Construction of Gentrification
Redevelopment and revitalization is occurring across U.S. urban city centers. Areas that were largely low-income and often minority are currently getting outfitted with new hipster coffee houses, upscale bars, luxury apartment complexes, and stadiums in a process called gentrification. Gentrification is commonly known as the influx of wealthier people into urban city centers. However, depending on whether you are the gentrified or the gentrifier, the critical connotation of the term can be diverse. In addition, the affects of gentrification have left the public with critical ethical, economic, and political questions concerning their communities, cultures, and histories.
This blog will explore the meaning and symbols associated with gentrification through visual images. We will analyze the photography, art, and moving images that reflect the meanings people associate with gentrification in newspapers, magazines, films, television, online, art museums, books and advertising. Our goal is to understand how gentrification is perceived and visually communicated across media platforms.