Self-Representation: Old-Timers' Perspectives

Japonica Brown-Saracino

in A Neighborhood That Never Changes

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780226076621
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226076645 | DOI:
Self-Representation: Old-Timers' Perspectives

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This chapter explores the response of those whom social preservationists regard as old-timers to gentrification. Drawing from interviews and observations, it documents their perspectives on community change. The chapter reveals that, in spite of their well-founded attention to old-timers' struggle, preservationists' assessment of gentrification does not always correspond with old-timers'. Social preservationists are highly attentive to gentrification's costs and, therefore, notice certain facets of the process: disenfranchised old-timers rather than those who serve on boards; the growing number of Andersonville shops that serve gay men rather than thriving Swedish ventures. The chapter also emphasizes old-timers' perspectives over those of other longtime residents whom preservationists do not seek to preserve.

Keywords: self-representation; old-timers; gentrification; community change; social preservationists; longtime residents

Chapter.  16259 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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