Bridging Blocks: Navigating the Hope and Harm of Gentrification


Many people scoff when they hear the term gentrification, worried that the influx of wealth and the redevelopment of their neighborhoods will ultimately mean their displacement. But there are plenty of other people who hear the term and are heartened by the possibilities of a greater quality of life.  


What would it take for gentrification to become a unifying proposition? Is it possible to invest in emerging neighborhoods without displacing longtime neighbors? What are ways we can increase the level of public input on the urban renewal process?  


Join WHYY and the Joseph E. Coleman branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia as we explore the hope and harm caused by gentrification and discuss how to balance change and continuity.




Amir Richardson, WHYY Community Conversation Convener
Joseph E. Coleman Library  


Amir Richardson, WHYY Community Conversation Convener   

About Bridging Blocks:  

Bridging Blocks is a civic engagement initiative between WHYY and The Free Library of Philadelphia that aims to bring together culturally and politically diverse households for conversation and understanding. Bridging Blocks is made possible by a generous grant from Fred and Barbara Sutherland.

Date & Time
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 


Ubuntu Fine Art
5423 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144


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