The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the 21st Century

The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the 21st Century

by DW Gibson


View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Tuesday, July 23


Winner of the 2015 Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize!

The groundbreaking oral history of gentrification.

For years, journalists, policymakers, critics, and historians have tried to explain just what happens when new money and new residents flow into established neighborhoods—and yet we've had very little access to the human side of gentrification.

The Edge Becomes the Center captures, in their own words, the stories of the many kinds of people—brokers, buyers, sellers, renters, landlords, artists, contractors, politicians, and everyone in between—who are shaping and being shaped by the new New York City.

In this extraordinary oral history, DW Gibson takes gentrification out of the op-ed columns and textbooks and brings it to life, showing us what urban change looks and feels like by exposing us to the voices of the people living through it. Drawing on the plainspoken, casually authoritative tradition of Jane Jacobs and Studs Terkel, The Edge Becomes the Center is an inviting and essential portrait of the way we live now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468313017
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

DW Gibson is the author of Not Working: People Talk About Losing a Job and Finding Their Way in Today’s Changing Economy. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The New York Observer, The Daily Beast, BOMB, and The Caravan. Gibson serves as director of Writers Omi at Ledig House in Ghent, New York, which is part of the Omi International Arts Center. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher


Praise for Not Working: 

“A book with fascinating range and a fresh perspective [that shows] how powerful the genre of oral history can be.” —San Francisco Chronicle 

“Wrenching . . . Wide-ranging . . . This book is so important.” —New York Daily News 

“A powerful and heart-wrenching story that is unfortunately replicated far too many times by far too many people” —Ken Burns 

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews