Squatting versus Speculation in New Orleans

Transcribed from This is Hell! Radio‘s 18 January 2014 episode and printed with permission.  Listen to the full interview here.

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Squatting is a common practice since Katrina.  Everyone knows someone who has done it.  It’s a tacitly acceptable part of the culture.

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Gentrification and the Death of Creativity

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Transcribed from This is Hell! Radio’s 18 January 2014 episode and printed with permission.  Listen to the full interview here.

I think there’s a very specific idea of artistic success that’s being pushed that’s tied to the ability to live in these cultural capitals, places like New York or San Francisco.  People who can’t go to those places think that they’re not allowed to participate.

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Chuck Mertz:  On the line with us right now is Sarah Kendzior.  She is a St. Louis based columnist for Al Jazeera English and The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Her April 2013 article The Wrong Kind of Caucasian is the most popular Al Jazeera English op-ed of all time.  That story explains how, despite the Boston bombers having little to do with Chechnya, the media were quick to demonize an entire ethnicity.  Sarah’s most recent writing at Al Jazeera is Expensive Cities are Killing Creativity: New York City, a traditional incubator for artists, has now become a gated citadel for creativity.  Good morning, Sarah.

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