Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Not blockbusting but a similar technique

Blockbusting was how, post-integration, realtors would rile up a community to get white homeowners to sell once a black family moved in the neighborhood, and in turn would sell the houses to other black family, accelerating outmigration from the center city. (Blockbusting in Chicago, from the Encyclopedia of Chicago History; White flight, from Wikipedia)

Not blockbusting but might as well be

This "notice" I found on my door the other week is likely a more modern version of the same kind of bottom feeding by real estate interests.



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