An informal conversation on zoning and displacement with guest Sam Stein, author of “Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State”, Verso 2019, and facilitated by Jenna Davis, a PhD candidate in Urban Planning and a staff project assistant at the GSAPP Housing Lab.
Samuel Stein is a policy analyst and a writer living and working in New York City. His work focuses on the politics of urban planning, with an emphasis on housing, labor, real estate, and gentrification in New York City. In 2019, Verso published his first book, Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State, and in 2020 he graduated from the CUNY Graduate Center with a PhD in geography.
Jenna Davis is a PhD student in urban planning at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation with research interests in gentrification, land use and zoning policy, and spatial analysis. Her current research examines how public sector interventions shape neighborhood change in U.S. cities. Prior to her doctoral studies, Jenna worked as a policy analyst at the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, where she contributed to research projects examining educational outcomes among homeless students enrolled in the New York City public school system. Jenna also worked at the Citizens Budget Commission, conducting research on property tax reform in New York City. Jenna holds a master’s degree in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Barnard College, Columbia University.
This event is part of a series organized by the student team at GSAPP’s Housing Lab of informal interdisciplinary conversations on housing, race, racism, and whiteness during the fall 2020 semester, on Fridays between 1–2PM. Each session focuses on a specific theme, often with a guest expert practitioner or researcher on hand as a co-facilitator along with members of the Housing Lab student team. The series is part of the Housing Lab’s project to explicitly integrate an anti-racist agenda into its current engagements and methods of working.