The Liberation Series: A World Without Gentrification by 4th-6th Graders at Elm City College Prep Elementary

Note from Kristianna: At a recent residency elementary school students did a project addressing the issue of Gentrification. Through this work you can see the students' struggle with complexity of displacement and renewal of communities. This technique of group writing is one I've borrowed from Naima Penniman of Climbing PoeTree.


A world without gentrification looks like... by ECCP Changemakers March '17

Gentrification looks like a homeless town where people don't have no money and they are poor.
A world without gentrification looks like...
A peaceful place
People will have their houses and save money. people that got kicked out and homeless they'll have a house and the world will be a better place
A world where there is no gentrification looks like a broken town but where every one has a home. 
Looks like-
Peace and happiness
People and everyone have homes
A world of peace and every one is happy
A world where there is no gentrification looks like everyone is in homes, and everyone is somewhat happy, and you won't have to worry about seasons and weather.
A world where there is no gentrification looks like no homeless shelters.
Looks like it would be peaceful
Looks lie like a world where people would not be on the streets and no ask people for money. Also not asking for food.
A world without gentrification looks like a world I want to live in.

 

Frozen Image of the "Power Structure" of Gentrification. Pictured from left to right: the current tenant being asked to move, the government, and the landlord

Frozen Image of the "Power Structure" of Gentrification. Pictured from left to right: the current tenant being asked to move, the government, and the landlord