Race, Class, And Politics In The Cappuccino City by Derek S. HyraRace, Class, And Politics In The Cappuccino City by Derek S. Hyra

Race, Class, And Politics In The Cappuccino City

byDerek S. Hyra

Paperback | April 17, 2017

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For long-time residents of Washington, DC’s Shaw/U Street, the neighborhood has become almost unrecognizable in recent years. Where the city’s most infamous open-air drug market once stood, a farmers’ market now sells grass-fed beef and homemade duck egg ravioli. On the corner where AM.PM carryout used to dish out soul food, a new establishment markets its $28 foie gras burger. Shaw is experiencing a dramatic transformation, from “ghetto” to “gilded ghetto,” where white newcomers are rehabbing homes, developing dog parks, and paving the way for a third wave coffee shop on nearly every block.

Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City is an in-depth ethnography of this gilded ghetto. Derek S. Hyra captures here a quickly gentrifying space in which long-time black residents are joined, and variously displaced, by an influx of young, white, relatively wealthy, and/or gay professionals who, in part as a result of global economic forces and the recent development of central business districts, have returned to the cities earlier generations fled decades ago. As a result, America is witnessing the emergence of what Hyra calls “cappuccino cities.” A cappuccino has essentially the same ingredients as a cup of coffee with milk, but is considered upscale, and is double the price. In Hyra’s cappuccino city, the black inner-city neighborhood undergoes enormous transformations and becomes racially “lighter” and more expensive by the year.
Derek S. Hyra is associate professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. He is the author of The New Urban Renewal: The Economic Transformation of Harlem and Bronzeville, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
Title:Race, Class, And Politics In The Cappuccino CityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:April 17, 2017Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents


Part I: The Setting

Chapter 1: Making the Gilded Ghetto: Welcome to 14th Street
Chapter 2: The Rise and Fall of DC’s Black Political Machine
Chapter 3: From Company Town to Postindustrial Powerhouse

Part II: What’s Going On?

Chapter 4: Black Branding
Chapter 5: Race, Class, and Sexual Orientation
Chapter 6: Linking Processes of Political and Cultural Displacement

Part III: What Does It All Mean?

Chapter 7: The Cappuccino City
Chapter 8: Making Equitable Communities

Appendix: Select Washington, DC, Old Downtown, and Shaw/U Street Demographics

Editorial Reviews

“Hyra’s concepts challenge readers to interrogate their applicability, and for this reason they would be excellent to debate in policy circles or undergraduate classrooms. Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City starts essential conversations about the importance of social connections within changing neighborhoods. It is a worthy introduction to urban theory, twenty first century development trends, and the history Washington, D.C., for scholarly and public audiences alike.”