Urban Sociology

Part I – 5 ptsChoose five (5) of the following concepts, questions, and comparisons and explain each in no more than one paragraph. In your exam, specify which ones you are explaining1. White Spatial Imaginaries2. Who are the “truly disadvantaged,” and what economic and social factors made them that?3. Peripheral Urbanization4. Based on Rolnik, what two processes facilitated the financialization of housing? Explain.5. Rent gap6. What are the differences between “gentrifiers” and “social preservationists”?7. What is the relationship between eviction and exploitation?8. How do the “eyes on the street” affect queer spaces experiencing gentrification?9. What are the differences between therapeutic policing and complaint-oriented policing?
Part II – 15 ptsImagine you decide to send a letter to NYC Mayor-elect Eric Adams to explain why it is important that he develops policies to address residential racial/ethnic segregation. In no more than 1,000 words, write a letter addressed to him explaining the history of policies and actions that led to the current racial/ethnic spatial divide (segregation). Then, explain to him the consequences of the concentration of poverty on particular groups (neighborhood effects). And finish your letter with a closing statement.
Part III – 10 ptsIn discussing gentrification and displacement, Zuk et al. suggest that populations experiencing them are victims of a “double-insult.” For this question, first, explain what these authors mean by “double-insult.” Then define gentrification and displacement, and use these concepts to illustrate a gentrification case you are familiar with. (You can use the examples of the two chapters we read from Sharon Zukin’s book, the Fulton Mall case discussed in the documentary My Brooklyn, or any other case you know about).Hint: don’t forget to discuss how discourses about “authenticity” are used in gentrification processes.