The high line, supergentrification, and the street

guest lecture, URBAN STUDIES PROGRAM, brown university, september 28, 2015.


This talk critically examines the role of supergentrification in current and planned developments surrounding the High Line - a highly popular elevated park on Manhattan's West Side involving the creative greening of abandoned railway tracks. It pays particular attention to the ways in which aesthetics and memory are used in the High Line and its various spin-off projects (such as the QueensWay and the Lowline) to refigure the decelerated, perambulatory conditions of the street and, in the process, create conditions needed for accelerated urban renewal.

More details are available on the Urban Studies website, or you can read a report in The Brown Daily Herald here.