We're big fans of Dr. Fullilove's work. Her book Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America, and What We Can Do About It was pivotal in our understanding the history of urban renewal, its racial dynamics and the destruction of emotional ecosystems by misinformed urban policies.
Understanding wholeness and our interconnectedness is a theme we keep coming back to as we explore gentrification. Fullilove says:
We can face disasters if and only if:
- We understand that the problems of poor neighborhoods were not made by the residents, nor can they be solved by the residents alone; and
We understand that the inequality among neighborhoods affects the whole society.
Um, also, we just have to say - she liked our Facebook page--- we're so honored!