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LAIS Program, Historical Studies Program, Center for Civic Engagement, Anthropology Program, American Studies Program, and Sociology Program Present

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Parks, Plazas, and Planters: Homelessness and Ecological Development
Olin, Room 102
6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Eric Goldfischer, University of Minnesota
In the 1990s, the well-known tactic of "broken-windows policing" targeted homeless people by removing them from core areas of New York City and other global mega-cities. Yet today, with a progressive administration and softer policing in place, homeless New Yorkers still find themselves unable to exist comfortably in public space. How should we understand this shift? In this presentation, I argue that the regime of anti-homelessness in New York has shifted to what I call "ecological development," and present evidence from an ethnographic study to show how green spaces, linear parks, and urban plaza areas have taken up the mantle of anti-homelessness, and how homeless activists resist these nefarious tools of urban planning and development.

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Time: 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Location: Olin, Room 102