Integrative Seminar, Oral Narratives (Sophomore LA)

Meet Your New Neighbors: An Interview with DW Gibson

How do we tell stories? How do we remember them? D W Gibson explores the narratives of change in city spaces through interviews.

“In cities, trends come, go, and come again; causes rise to prominence, fall by the wayside, and emerge repackaged; neighborhoods flourish or fall out of favor. Condos, cupcake shops, and bike lanes become signifiers; shady buyouts and racist landlords fuel arguments about whether communities are being renewed or decimated.

The word gentrification is in the subtitle of DW Gibson’s most recent oral history, but the author has trouble with it: it’s too broad, he writes, to adequately capture a wide variety of experiences, contexts, and meanings. Several interviewees in his book also seem at odds with the word. One says gentrification doesn’t describe anything in the real world. Another says he doesn’t need to be able to describe it because he knows what it feels like.”

Read the full interview here:

Meet Your New Neighbors: An Interview with DW Gibson

 

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