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Experiencing a dramatic transformation from “ghetto” to “gilded ghetto” where white newcomers are rehabbing homes developing dog parks and paving the way for a third wave coffee shop on nearly every block Race Class and Politics in the Cappuccino City is an in depth ethnography of this gilded ghetto Derek S Hyra captures here a uickly gentrifying space in which long time black residents are joined and variously displaced by an influx of young white relatively wealthy andor gay professionals who in part as a resu. I've heard and read enough about DC gentrification including from Derek Hyra on many radio shows to know about this issue before opening the book Still I found it an interesting and readable history of the last several decades of the District particularly ShawU StreetPerhaps the most interesting insights were into how the city developers and neighborhood associations accomplished the black branding of the gilded ghetto to make it both welcoming and cool with a whiff of danger for new White arrivals The creation of the Black Broadway narrative was largey shaped by the desire of internal and external community actors to fight certain negative iconic Black ghetto stereotypes Residents did not speak about the crime and the drugs of the 1970s and '80s; rather they shared their stories of 'achievement' and 'uplift' In this way internal community forces were distancing the neighborhood's newly created brand from the stereotypical image of the ghettoThis is such a complex issue with moral implications Who has claim to a neighborhood or a shared space What do newcomers owe to long time residents of a neighborhood What role should the government play in maintaining the character and function of a city These uestions are largely outside the scope of the book so Hyra does not address themI do take a bit of issue with how much faith Hyra puts in shared third spaces in his final chapter about Building Euitable Communities While it's true that establishments such as Ben's Chili Bowl and Busboys Poets are patronized by a fairly diverse clientele I would be hesitant to characterize the positive interactions across races and demographic groups in these establishments as much than superficial and fleeting Hyra does not address the waning significance of public transportation as a third space that we once all shared with Uber and Lyft surging as our Metro system crumbles there are even fewer occasions for us to share space even if it meant being together stuck on a single tracking train Ultimately it's in a city's interest to support neighborhoods with a diversity of ethnicities income levels and housing with reliable public transportation

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Race Class and Politics in the Cappuccino CityAnd Politics MOBI #244 For long time residents of Washington DC’s ShawU Street the neighborhood Race Class MOBI #204 has become almost unrecognizable in recent years Where the city’s most infamous Class and Politics Kindle #208 open air drug market once stood a farmers’ market now sells grass Class and Politics in the Kindle fed beef and homemade duck egg ravioli On the corner where AMPM carryout used to dish out soul Class and Politics in the Kindle food a new establishment markets its foie gras burger Shaw is. Hyra describes how the intersections of race class sexual orientation and religion have affected the ShawU Street neighborhood of DC He uses the term ‘guilded ghetto’ to represent how the neigherhood has evolved due to redevelopment such that it now has dog parks coffee shops bike lanes and luxury condos similarly he notes the wider city has become populated and populated by white residents now a ‘Cappuccino City’ in place of ‘Chocolate City’ Part of the book involves his claim that ‘intense debates’ associated with different social categories suggest Shaw cannot be characterized by the ‘cosmopolitan canopy’ engagement across social categories carried out with a spirit of ‘goodwill’ that sociologist Elijah Anderson describes Instead relations are purported to be conflictual based on competing interests and power struggles While he gives examples of local debates in chapter 6 I wondered if some of those conflicts eg school parking lot issue were really motivated by race eg versus just public space use concerns Nor was it clear to me how intense debates between groups the essence of democratic politics signifies the absence of goodwell or civility This book has been criticized rightfully I would argue for some of its assertions noteably that “some White newcomers even talk about the occasional carjackings muggings and shootings as if these things were cool” page 11 As a gay White resident who lived in the neighborhood in the early 2000s I am skeptical any of my friends appreciated the area because it was edgy or thought shootings were ‘cool’ More plausible were assertions that redevelopment has led to people living in integrated neighborhoods but suffering from social segregation limiting how much low income residents benefit from economic development He helpfully suggests remedies helping long time lower income residents remain engaged in local government that their preferences be reflected in the built environment and that neighborhood organizations emphasize bridging capital Hopefully this neighborhood will continue to have areas typified by ‘bridging social capital’ eg Ben’s Chili Bowl Busboys Poets Lee’s Flowers that help relations among groups be ‘cosmopolitan canopy’ in nature