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Tuesday, October 22 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Reimagining Community Re-Development: Beyond Gentrification?

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The purpose of this panel is to gather a diverse cross-section of university and community-based stakeholders engaged and/or impacted by the surging redevelopment in Milwaukee’s core to participate in a frank discussion of the city’s redevelopment efforts and gentrification. Additionally, we examine how (re)investment is being reimagined by non-profits, grassroots efforts, and university stakeholders. Specifically, the panel seeks to examine if community (re)development and (re)investment can be undertaken in such a way that historically marginalized populations do not undergo further marginalization, and if so, how?

Like many cities around the United States, Milwaukee is experiencing rapid redevelopment in its urban core. While such urban renewal is bringing resources to segments of the city that have suffered several generations of disinvestment, in many instances the long-standing residents of these areas, who are overwhelmingly African-American and Latinx are not reaping the benefits of this real estate development resurgence. To the contrary, significant portions of long-standing residents of color are witnessing the cultural fabric of their neighborhoods erode as developers cater to white middle-class taste and sensibilities. A demographic that often maintains little to no cultural and historical understanding of the neighborhoods they are helping to gentrify. Other long-standing residents of color are experiencing displacement as they find themselves priced out of their neighborhood due to the rising property taxes that typically accompany gentrification. Given gentrification’s global reach, the insights ascertained through this panel hold import well beyond Milwaukee’s city limits.

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Angela Smith

Owner & Operator, The Zen Dragonfly LLC
I love talking about cultures from all over the world. It opens doors of understanding and realization we are very much alike. We want our communities to be well and have access. That people want to create space of their own and it's nothing wrong with it. I love holistic healing... Read More →
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Kevin Thomas

Assistant Professor of Multicultural Branding, Marquette University
@Kevin Thomas, Ph.D. (Milwaukee, WI) is an Assistant Professor of Multicultural Branding at Marquette University. Dr. Thomas investigates the socio-cultural impact of marketing communication and consumer behavior. His primary research interest pertains to understanding the relationship... Read More →
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Naya Jones

Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical College of Wisconsin
As a geographer and healing arts practitioner, I partner with people of color and indigenous-led and -centered organizations on research + practice related to food sovereignty, racial trauma, and traditional and community healing ways.

Tyler Weber

Community Partner, Community Partner

Tuesday October 22, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Commonwealth A2