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MAKING CONTACT - a weekly international radio program

Urban Renewal or Removal? Gentrification in U.S. Cities

August 23, 2000

In urban areas throughout North America, real estate speculators and developers are pouring money into the neighborhoods and raising property values. Luxury hotels are going up, rents are sky rocketing, and people are selling their homes. In the United States, government funding and private investment often drive gentrification through a process sometimes called "urban renewal." But this redevelopment of neglected neighborhoods results in the displacement of low income residents and in many cases, people of color. On this program we take a look at reinvestment in U.S cities.

Featuring:

Susana Almanza, People Organized in Defense of the Earth and Her Resources; Sara Jane Knoy and Tom Walsh, Organization of the North East (O.N.E.); Nellie Bailey, Harlem Tenants Council; Terry Lane, Upper Manhatten Empowerment Zone Development Corporation; Congressman Charles B. Rangel; Chester Hartman, Poverty and Race Research Action Council; Geri Almanza, People Organizing to Demand Environemntal and Economic Rights (PODER);Matt Brown, St. Peter's Housing Committee.

For more information:

People Organized in Defense of the Earth and Her Resources
55 N I H ñ 35, Suite 205-B
Austin, Texas 78702
512-472-9921

Organization of the North East (O.N.E.)
1329 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60640
773-769-3232; fax: 773-769-0729

Harlem Tenants Council
271 W. 125th St., Room 310
New York, NY 10027
212-316-2240

Upper Manhatten Empowerment Zone Development Corporation
212-410-0030
www.umez.org

Congressman Charles B. Rangel
House of Representatives
202-224-3121

Poverty and Race Research Action Council
3000 Connecticut Ave., NW #200
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-387-9887; fax: 202-387-0764

People Organizing to Demand Environemntal and Economic Rights (PODER)
474 Valencia St., #155
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-431-4210; fax: 415-431-8582; poder@igc.org

St. Peter's Housing Committee
474 Valencia St., #156
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-487-9203; fax: 415-487-9022