Guest editor: Xuefei Ren This special issue presents a set of articles that critically examine the changing urban governance, politics, and rights to the city in Brazil in the wake of two mega-events: the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. To date, much of the critical geography scholarship on mega-events has been framed… Continue reading Special Issue: Urban Transformations and Spectacles in Brazil
By Richard J. Smith My thinking about gentrification formed as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan at church. After a weekend service trip on Detroit’s west side with Habitat for Humanity, I casually mentioned to our associate pastor how great it was to see all the new investment in downtown Detroit. He responded, "But… Continue reading Does spatial assimilation lead to reproduction of gentrification in the global city?
By Tony Filipovitch Kay S. Hymowitz, The New Brooklyn: What It Takes to Bring Back a City (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). Kay Hymowitz offers a nuanced defense of gentrification as a process of creative destruction, one that results in winners and losers (although sometimes in unanticipated ways). As she says in her conclusion,… Continue reading Book Review Preview: The New Brooklyn