Priced Out: Stuyvesant Town and the Loss of Middle-Class Neighborhoods
Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
Martin E. Segal Theater
6:30- 8 PM
On an average morning in the tree-lined parks and playgrounds of Stuyvesant Town, birds chirp as early risers dash off to work, elderly residents enjoy a peaceful morning stroll, and flocks of parents usher their children to school. It seems an unlikely location for conflict and strife. Yet this eighteen-block area, initially planned as middle-class affordable housing, is the site of an ongoing struggle between long-term, rent-regulated residents, younger, market-rate tenants, and new owners seeking to turn this community into a luxury commodity. Priced Out takes readers into this heated battle as a transitioning neighborhood wrestles with contemporary capitalist strategies and the struggle to preserve renters’ rights. Through resident interviews, sociologists Rachael A. Woldoff, Lisa M. Morrison, and Michael R. Glass offer an intimate view into the lives of tenants involved in the struggle. A compelling, fascinating account of changing urban landscapes and the struggle for security, Priced Out offers a comprehensive perspective of a community that, to some, is becoming unrecognizable as it is upgraded and altered.