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One of the most respected researchers on gentrification and the New Urban Renewal, Derek Hyra offers an unparalleled analysis of the nation's most difficult and complex issues.

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The phrase “cappuccino city” refers to previously low-income, minority neighborhoods that are experiencing major demographic shifts caused by the influx of mid-to-upper income, white millennials. It’s happening in the Bronx in New York City, in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, and in the Shaw area of Washington, D.C. Shaw is the neighborhood at the center of Derek Hyra’s new book, “Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City.”

THE NEW URBAN RENEWAL

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RACE, CLASS, AND POLITICS IN THE CAPPUCCINO CITY

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The Washington Post

February 18, 2021

“The affordable crisis didn’t happen because of Amazon,” Hyra says. But the amount promised, he adds, “is a drop in the bucket of the affordable housing needs of the area.” Those needs will greatly intensify as Amazon’s highly paid workers flood into the area, and they will be felt most acutely by those with the lowest incomes.

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Derek Hyra is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs and Founding Director of the Metropolitan Policy Center at American University. His research focuses on processes of neighborhood change, with an emphasis on housing, urban politics, and race. He is a leading expert on gentrification and equitable neighborhood development policy.

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