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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 neighborhoodsand 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 peoplebrokers, buyers, sellers, renters, landlords, artists, contractors, politicians, and everyone in betweenwho 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.
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.
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