For the righting of historical wrongs, to simply transfer property continues to perpetuate violence. True reparations require far more work.
Sophie Gonick is an assistant professor of social and cultural analysis at New York University. She is the author of Dispossession and Dissent: Immigrants and the Struggle for Housing in Madrid (Stanford University Press, 2021). Her work has been featured in leading planning and critical-geography journals, including Antipode and IJURR: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
"Often, the question of which place-names stick is about which ones hit our ears right."
Houses without people, people without homes: New York has invested in empty storefronts and empty districts, even as most New Yorkers suffer.
“What we build and how we build influences the kinds of families and relationships that we can have or can even imagine.”
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