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    Class Divide
    Thursday, November 3, 2016, 7pm
    G23 Parran Hall, School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
    Entrance on Fifth Avenue between N. Bouquet St. and De Soto Street Flier {Class Divide Film Flier.pdf}
    A special screening of a new documentary that looks at New York City's gentrification and growing inequality in a microcosm, exploring two distinct worlds that share the same Chelsea intersection – 10th Avenue and 26th Street. On one side of the avenue, the Chelsea-Elliot Houses have provided low-income public housing to residents for decades. Their neighbor across the avenue since 2012 is Avenues: The World School, a costly private school. What happens when kids from both of these worlds attempt to cross the divide? (2015, Director: Marc Levin; 74 mins.)
    Discussion to follow
    Free and open to all.
    A preview for the Housing Summit at the University of Pittsburgh, Nov. 10-12 http://housingsummitpgh.org
    Sponsored by the Global Studies Center.
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    MOVIES & VIDEOS ON HOUSING ISSUESCompiled by Roger Rouse – 9.27.16**rogrouse@pitt.edu**
    This is the latest version of the evolving list of documentaries, fictional films, and YouTube videos I’ve been compiling on housing issues. It is meant to serve as an archival resource for personal learning or teaching regarding these issues and also for working out whether there are any pieces we’d like to screen before the housing summit to build interest in the issues and/or afterwards to help continue the conversation.
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    I no longer mark which ones I’ve seen because I’ve now been able to watch the great majority of them. However, I do use an asterisk to mark pieces that seem worth putting on a short list of candidates for a lead-in series for the summit and a hash tag to mark pieces that seem worth considering for a follow-up series. Videos marked with an asterisk and a hash tag are ones I see as candidates for showing either before the summit or afterward it.
    Each entry begins with a synopsis provided by the distributor or director. Many are then followed by my own observations about the pieces and/or their suitability for use in connection with the housing summit.
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    the United States but I’d be happy to expand it to includeStates.
    If you have suggestions of
    other parts of the world.
    Please send me the names of any movies
    films or YouTube
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    the list, especially ones you think are worth considering for screening before or after the summit and ones that deal with countries outside the United States.
    Please also send me any
    comments you’d like to make on pieces on this list that you’ve seen in the past or have the chance to watch now. Feel free to comment on my comments as well. They are personal judgments, sometimes written as quick first impressions. I don’t just expect some disagreement; I welcome it. I’ll add any comments you provide to my own unless you ask me not to.following assessments, please send to: pghrights [at] riseup [dot] net
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    Pieces in italics show efforts at collective solutions that have had at least some success.
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    #Chocolate City (2006) -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1NkfATQvj4 -- This documentary addresses the issue of gentrification of Washington, DC. Through the experiences of a number of largely black residents the film explores how the city is being altered as property prices rise and local communities are forced out of the world's most famous capital. [45 mins.; dirs.. Ellie Walton & Sam Wild] [Also see the four-minute pitch video for a documentary that’s currently being made about the state of gentrification in DC today. The film is called “Chocolate City’s Last Stand?” The producer is William Michael Cunningham, who’s featured in the video; the director is Norman Kelley -- https://vimeo.com/148123988?from=outro-local]
    [This is a moving story about struggles in DC against the HOPE VI plan to replace public housing that many of the residents value with “mixed-income” housing schemes that offer only a limited amount of “affordable housing” at prices most low-income people can’t afford and thus threaten to displace most of the residents and dissolve the community bonds they’ve developed. It gives particular attention to two very impressive women, an African-American activist from one of the public-housing projects that’s under threat and a sympathetic Indian performance artist and activist who develops a one-person play to dramatize what’s at stake in the efforts to resist HOPE VI in the poorer parts of DC. I don’t think it’s ideal for a lead-in series for the Housing Summit because, sadly, it ends up being another story of people bashing their heads against a brick wall, and also because it’s now a bit dated. However, it might be worth showing in a follow-up series, perhaps by using excerpts in a session on creative uses of the arts in collective struggles over housing.]
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    (2016) -- Premiers on HBOdocumentary that looks at 8pm on October 3.
    Please watch on Oct. 3 or as soon as possible afterwards
    New York City's gentrification and let me know if you think we should try to include it in, or make it the sole focus of,growing inequality in a lead-in series formicrocosm, exploring two distinct worlds that share the summit. If you don’tsame Chelsea intersection – 10th Avenue and 26th Street. On one side of the avenue, the Chelsea-Elliot Houses have HBO, you could take outprovided low-income public housing to residents for decades. Their neighbor across the avenue since 2012 is Avenues: The World School, a free trial subscriptioncostly private school. What happens when kids from both of these worlds attempt to HBO-Go. cross the divide? (2015, Director: Marc Levin; 74 mins.)
    http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/class-divide/index.html -- Highlights the effects of hyper-gentrification and growing inequality through the microcosm of New York City’s West Chelsea neighborhood, focusing on an intersection where an elite private school sits directly across the street from low-income public housing. The final film in a trilogy about economic forces affecting ordinary people from director Marc Levin and producer Daphne Pinkerson (HBO’s “Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags” and “Hard Times: Lost on Long Island”), this moving chronicle bears witness to the effects of gentrification and stagnant class mobility on young people who share the same neighborhood — yet live in very different worlds — as they try to navigate this rapidly changing landscape. [74 mins.; dir. Marc Levin]
    [The documentary’s greatest strength is the pressing importance of the issue it explores: the workings of urban redevelopment and gentrification in the context of growing class polarization in the US and the wider world. It focuses on a powerful illustration of this: the juxtaposition of housing projects and an elite private school on opposite sides of the street in the West Chelsea part of Manhattan, an area where apartments are now selling for u to $20m while the average earnings of families in the projects is around $21,000 pa. And it gains some emotional force by exploring this juxtaposition mainly through the eyes of young people in the projects and the school, some of whom are very articulate about the situation, including a quite remarkable eight-year old from the projects. Global issues also surface in a couple of ways — the elite school calls itself The World School and boasts that it is training its students (whose tuition costs around $45,000 per year) to function effectively in a global economy; and about 40% of the people acquiring expensive properties in the area are either foreign or anonymous buyers. The filmmaking is OK but not striking and, like so many documentaries these days, the film doesn’t get into the broader shifts in the workings of capitalism in the US and the wider world over the last forty years that have produced the massive increases in social inequality, the increased privatization of housing markets, and the dramatic growth in speculative investment in real estate. This means that the only solutions that are addressed for the people in the projects are ones involving the individual self-advancement and/or the forging of dialogues with wealth kids from across the street. There’s only fleeting attention to collective efforts to challenge the broad forces shaping the inequalities we see. If we were to show the film, I think it could provoke very interesting discussions though it’s main drawback in terms of its relevance to what’s happening in Pittsburgh is that it portrays levels of inequality that can be found in some the world’s most expensive cities but aren’t representative of the significant but less extreme kinds of inequality affecting housing issues here.]
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    [An interesting attempt to illuminate the overlapping worlds of finance explored by Inside Job, Margin Call, and 99 Homes through the use of dark humor. In my view, though, it’s a bit too slick for its own good. I also found it difficult to distinguish between the misogyny of the world the film was trying to portray and the attitude of the filmmakers themselves.]
    YOUTUBE VIDEOS – short videos; if a long documentary or fiction film is available on YouTube, I’ve indicated that in the entry for it.
    Take Tha House Back Official Music Video--Detroit Music Video wins Best Hip Hop Video at the American Music Video Awards; explores tax foreclosures and gentrification
    *#Desperate Households (2008) -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo0rYhl0swU --This year, millions of homes in the US will be repossessed. Wall Street was aware of the risks involved with sub-prime lending but chose to ignore them. No ethics, just money- here is a story of greed and recklessness. In California, the sub prime crisis has hit homeowners full on. Repossessions have become routine and the foreclosure rate is still accelerating. Neat façades and tidy gardens can't prevent houses being sold for almost half of what they cost a year ago. Pressed for time and money, owners are torn out of their homes: "It's like leaving your children"says Rob. He is hoping the bank will accept a quick sale and forgive the loss, but this is unlikely. Most are made to wait until they default on repayment, which wrecks their credit record. Former bankers reveal how low interest rates were meant to boost the economy. Banks looked for ways to make profit despite low rates and chased high-risk mortgages that would pay 8 or 9%, ignoring the consequences for borrowers if prices fell and interest rates rose again: "There's no perception of the guy in some tiny little house in Detroit or in Philadelphia or in Stockton who basically might be losing their home."Now that the system has failed, banks are less ready to lend money and this impacts on the entire economy. Families lose their homes, businesses fail; Wall Street gambled and the world has to pay. [24 mins.] [Journeyman Films]
    [This is a very good Australian C account of the foreclosure crisis in the U.S., the role of the big banks in creating it, and its devastating effects on people faced with losing their homes. It visits Stockton, California, the city that in 2008 was suffering the highest foreclosure rates in the U.S. It goes to New York to find out about why the crisis arose and the contribution of the big banks. And it goes briefly to Sacramento to indicate how the housing crisis undermines government income and thus its capacity to provide public services. It is a very good alternative to Inside Job because it focuses primarily on the foreclosure part of the broader financial crisis (with a brief allusion to the student-debt crisis), it pays more attention to the experiences of people facing foreclosure, and it’s a lot shorter. It complements For Sale (it’s difficult to decide which is more effective) and it would combine nicely with How Class Works as well as videos about collective responses such as New Occupy Homes Coalition… or Fighting for our Homes. A minor drawback is that it was made at a very early stage in the crisis so it’s not fully up to date.]
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Saturday, June 17

  1. page Resources edited Learn more about the causes of and responses to the global housing crisis: Why Affordable Housi…

    Learn more about the causes of and responses to the global housing crisis:
    Why Affordable Housing Needs to be a Human Right, Not a Privilege (May 31, 2017)
    National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty 2015 //Human Right to Housing Report Card//
    United Nations World Cities Report, 2016
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    Black Homes Matter, a report on East Liberty and Northside housing realities and movement responses, issued by Pittsburgh's Homes for All Campaign.
    "Out of Reach" National Low Income Housing Coalition report on the gap between minimum wage and a "housing wage." Nowhere in the United States does a minimum wage worker earn enough to afford decent housing.
    VIDEO: "Earning Minimum Wage puts Affordable Housing Out of Reach"Jun 13, 2017, Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report discusses a National Low Income Housing Coalition report that finds affordable housing is next to impossible for U.S. workers earning minimum wage
    Managing Neighborhood Change Toolkit: Anti-Displacement Literature Review
    Development without Displacement: Boston's Experience with Community Land Trusts
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Thursday, May 25

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    Summit Program Book {Final Program Housing Summit.pdf}
    Events
    LEARN MORE:
    Films
    Resources

    Plenary Session Recordings
    Thursday November 10: Dr. Mindy Fullilove--"Where is home? How housing instability affects us all" Link to recording
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    "Affluent and Black: Still Trapped by Segregation" Why well-off black families end up living in poorer areas than white families with similar or even lower incomes. New York Times, August 20, 2016.
    Puerto Rican community fights gentrification with community land trust
    South Africa's continuing "spatial apartheid", The Guardian May 25, 2017
    Pittsburgh Neighborhood Tour-- A guide to the Pittsburgh most impacted neighborhoods {Neighborhood Bus Tour Handout A4.pdf} visited during our Housing Summit tour.
    "Transforming the Hill District" Article by George E. Evans, member of City Council, shows how Hill District "Urban Renewal" scheme was a deliberate effort to push African Americans out of Pittsburgh in 1943.
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Friday, February 17

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    //Black Homes Matter//, a report on East Liberty and Northside housing realities and movement responses, issued by Pittsburgh's Homes for All Campaign.
    "Soho Stories" DeRuad Street Residences
    Creating Housing Opportunity and Building Mixed-­‐Income Neighborhoods. {Creating Housing Opportunity URBAN KIND J Beery 2016 Oct..pdf} Urbankind Institute October 2016
    Resources on universities, student debt, and links to the affordable housing crisis
    Student Loans and Housing Decisions:
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    http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/684587
    http://jchs.harvard.edu/sites/jchs.harvard.edu/files/lew_research_brief_student_loan_11_2015.pdf
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    the UK:
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/09/rent-strike-students-ucl-london-threat-to-education-access
    https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/student-assembly-calls-for-rent-strikeshttp://www.independent.co.uk/student/student-life/accommodation/ucl-rent-strike-resolved-student-accommodation-in-london-a7120421.html
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  2. page Resources edited ... Austerity Urbanism, by Jamie Peck.n this study Jamie Peck delineates how neoliberalism has tig…
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    Austerity Urbanism, by Jamie Peck.n this study Jamie Peck delineates how neoliberalism has tightened its grip on cities since the Great Recession, engendering what he calls “austerity urbanism.”
    "The Permanent Crisis of Housing" by David Madden and Peter Marcuse, Jacobin October, 2016.
    Creating Housing Opportunity and Building Mixed-­‐Income Neighborhoods. {Creating Housing Opportunity URBAN KIND J Beery 2016 Oct..pdf} Urbankind Institute October 2016
    Gentrification and Displacement Research
    “Gentrification and Changes in the Stock of Low-Cost Rental Housing in Philadelphia, 2000 to 2014” examines changes in the number of low-cost units (gross rent of $750 or less) across the city, with particular attention to the loss of these units in gentrifying areas. The report illustrates the challenges of maintaining low-income renters’ access to rapidly developing, gentrifying neighborhoods.
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    http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/684587
    http://jchs.harvard.edu/sites/jchs.harvard.edu/files/lew_research_brief_student_loan_11_2015.pdf
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    the UK:
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/09/rent-strike-students-ucl-london-threat-to-education-access
    https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/student-assembly-calls-for-rent-strikeshttp://www.independent.co.uk/student/student-life/accommodation/ucl-rent-strike-resolved-student-accommodation-in-london-a7120421.html
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Monday, February 13

  1. page Resources edited ... Pittsburgh Neighborhood Tour-- A guide to the Pittsburgh most impacted neighborhoods {Neighbor…
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    Pittsburgh Neighborhood Tour-- A guide to the Pittsburgh most impacted neighborhoods {Neighborhood Bus Tour Handout A4.pdf} visited during our Housing Summit tour.
    "Transforming the Hill District" Article by George E. Evans, member of City Council, shows how Hill District "Urban Renewal" scheme was a deliberate effort to push African Americans out of Pittsburgh in 1943.
    Resources on universities, student debt, and links to the affordable housing crisis
    Student Loans and Housing Decisions:
    https://www.federalreserve.gov/econresdata/feds/2016/files/2016010pap.pdf
    http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/684587
    http://jchs.harvard.edu/sites/jchs.harvard.edu/files/lew_research_brief_student_loan_11_2015.pdf
    Student rent strikes in the UK:
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/09/rent-strike-students-ucl-london-threat-to-education-access
    https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/student-assembly-calls-for-rent-strikeshttp://www.independent.co.uk/student/student-life/accommodation/ucl-rent-strike-resolved-student-accommodation-in-london-a7120421.html
    https://www.facebook.com/uclcuttherent/
    https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/sep/17/uk-university-students-rent-strike-rising-cost-accommodation
    Various pieces on universities and the urban:
    Addie, J.P.D., 2016. From the urban university to universities in urban society. Regional Studies, pp.1-11.
    Harris, M. and Holley, K., 2016. Universities as Anchor Institutions: Economic and Social Potential for Urban Development. In Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research (pp. 393-439). Springer International Publishing.
    Schafran, A., 2015. The future of the urban academy. City, 19(2-3), pp.303-305.
    Smith, D. (2005). ‘Studentification: the gentrification factory?’ in R. Atkinson and G. Bridge, eds., The New Urban Colonialism: Gentrification in a Global Context. (Routledge, London), 72-89.
    Smith, DP and Hubbard, P. (2014). ‘The segregation of educated youth and dynamic geographies of studentification’. Area 46(1): 92-100.
    Smith, D. and Holt, L. (2007). ‘Studentification and 'apprentice' gentrifiers within Britain's provincial towns and cities: extending the meaning of gentrification’. Environment and Planning A 39(1): 142-161.
    Sage, J., Smith, D. and Hubbard, P., 2012. The diverse geographies of studentification: Living alongside people not like us. Housing Studies, 27(8), pp.1057-1078.

    National Organizations and Campaigns
    Pittsburgh activists are working with national groups that are part of the Right to the City Alliance and the Homes for All Campaign.
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    First stop (11:15AM): Jubilee Kitchen 2005 Wyandotte St, Pittsburgh (Michelle McMillan)
    Second stop: (12:15PM) Northside Coalition for Fair Housing, 1821 Brighton Rd 15212 (Reggie Good)
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    District, Kaufman Center 1835Center1835 Centre Ave
    Return to Pitt Campus, approximately 3:00PM
    Resources/Links
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    //Black Homes Matter//, a report on East Liberty and Northside housing realities and movement responses, issued by Pittsburgh's Homes for All Campaign.
    "Soho Stories" DeRuad Street Residences
    Resources on universities, student debt, and links to the affordable housing crisis
    Student Loans and Housing Decisions:
    https://www.federalreserve.gov/econresdata/feds/2016/files/2016010pap.pdf
    http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/684587
    http://jchs.harvard.edu/sites/jchs.harvard.edu/files/lew_research_brief_student_loan_11_2015.pdf
    Student rent strikes in the UK:
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/09/rent-strike-students-ucl-london-threat-to-education-access
    https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/student-assembly-calls-for-rent-strikeshttp://www.independent.co.uk/student/student-life/accommodation/ucl-rent-strike-resolved-student-accommodation-in-london-a7120421.html
    https://www.facebook.com/uclcuttherent/
    https://www.theguardian.com/education/2016/sep/17/uk-university-students-rent-strike-rising-cost-accommodation
    Various pieces on universities and the urban:
    Addie, J.P.D., 2016. From the urban university to universities in urban society. Regional Studies, pp.1-11.
    Harris, M. and Holley, K., 2016. Universities as Anchor Institutions: Economic and Social Potential for Urban Development. In Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research (pp. 393-439). Springer International Publishing.
    Schafran, A., 2015. The future of the urban academy. City, 19(2-3), pp.303-305.
    Smith, D. (2005). ‘Studentification: the gentrification factory?’ in R. Atkinson and G. Bridge, eds., The New Urban Colonialism: Gentrification in a Global Context. (Routledge, London), 72-89.
    Smith, DP and Hubbard, P. (2014). ‘The segregation of educated youth and dynamic geographies of studentification’. Area 46(1): 92-100.
    Smith, D. and Holt, L. (2007). ‘Studentification and 'apprentice' gentrifiers within Britain's provincial towns and cities: extending the meaning of gentrification’. Environment and Planning A 39(1): 142-161.
    Sage, J., Smith, D. and Hubbard, P., 2012. The diverse geographies of studentification: Living alongside people not like us. Housing Studies, 27(8), pp.1057-1078.

    More Resources: http://housingsummitpgh.org .wikispaces.com/Resources
    http://housingsummitpgh.org
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Saturday, February 11

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    First stop (11:15AM): Jubilee Kitchen 2005 Wyandotte St, Pittsburgh (Michelle McMillan)
    Second stop: (12:15PM) Northside Coalition for Fair Housing, 1821 Brighton Rd 15212 (Reggie Good)
    Third stop (1:15PM):(1:15PM--LUNCH/Pizza): Hill District,
    Return to Pitt Campus, approximately 3:00PM
    Resources/Links
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