Struggling to age in place: Long-term Detroiters' fight to stop displacement

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Date: February 7, 2023
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Category: Seminar
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The IOG colloquia series is pleased to present:
Allison Laskey, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Wayne State University
In post-bankruptcy Detroit, how have older long-term residents engaged with the city’s urban planning? On Detroit’s East Side in 2017, I began volunteering as a participant observer with Charlevoix Village Association (CVA), a neighborhood resident organization comprised of mostly seniors. The city had announced CVA’s area as a target for redevelopment, and long-term residents were wary of displacement, resegregation and gentrification. Early in the planning process, the city planners publicly dismissed CVA members’ concerns. In response, CVA stood strong and spoke out. They delivered a set of demands for equitable development, and they opposed revitalization schemes that would not benefit the majority working class and poor Black and Brown residents of the city. I continued to work with CVA after $826 million in federal pandemic relief (American Rescue Plan) appropriations deprioritized housing in 2021. CVA members and supporters shut down Woodward Ave downtown to demand that the city prioritize funding home repair grants, affordable housing, and reparations for overtaxtion. Drawing lessons from CVA’s struggle, I examine how the studied activism of long-term residents exposes challenges and opportunities for aging and urban health.

Speaker Bio
Allison is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Wayne State University, studying development in Detroit. She was previously a postdoctoral fellow in WSU’s School of Social Work, on an NSF-funded interdisciplinary team studying the resilience of drinking water and public health systems. She earned her PhD in Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy from the University of California, Irvine in 2019. From 2005-2012 she was a federal policy researcher at the Science and Technology Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. Her primary research and teaching interests are racial justice and climate justice.

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