The Department of Public Policy and Administration‘s Brown Bag Series will continue on Thursday, October 25, with guest speaker Dr. Stephen Danley, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration.  Dr. Danley is a Camden resident and an urban ethnographer who studies power, protest, and participation.  Dr. Danley will present, “They’re Not Building it for Us: Displacement Pressure, Unwelcomeness, and Protesting Neighborhood Investment.”  This free event will take place at 12:30 p.m. in Armitage Hall’s Faculty Lounge. Guests are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy the presentation. 

An abstract of the presentation follows:

“A curious thing is happening in Camden, New Jersey. The city has seen little demographic change or traditional gentrification. Yet its residents have sharp fears about potential gentrification in the city, so much so that they are protesting long overdue neighborhood investments in communities traditionally left out of the city’s downtown-centric development history. This paper shows resident fears are grounded in what we call ‘unwelcomeness.’ Residents fear gentrification in part because they have been physically excluded from development.”