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How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood

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Peter Moskowitz is the author of 'How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood.’ His book uses Detroit, San Francisco, New Orleans and NYC as models for how standard development policies can set a region on a path toward gentrification. It is an illuminating book, plainly explaining that development as a strategy for economic advancement needs to be balanced by policies that prevent the inevitable geographic inequity of displacement. A takeaway for me was the description of use vs. exchange value, and how meaningful one is to a community while the other is driven by the market, an abstraction. See

Tom Visser, a professor and director of the Historic Preservation Program at UVM, is also prepared to open the event for 20 minutes with a presentation about the history of Memorial Auditorium, drawing from the research of one of his graduate students — see The city announced that there will be a public RFP to determine the future of the building. Tom Visser’s talk will help us understand the value, symbolism and cultural relevance of the structure, which otherwise would be discussed publicly in only financial terms (for repair/redevelopment).