This weekend, CUNY professor, author, and expert on the topic of urban gentrification Neil Smith passed away. He was 58.
As Wikipedia put it, "Smith is credited with convincing theories about the gentrification of the inner city as an economic process propelled by urban land prices and city land speculation — not a cultural preference for living in the city."
Professor Smith was kind enough to be interviewed on this blog last summer. We talked about gentrification, Bloomberg, and today's "total class retake of the central city." His evolving ideas on this important subject, and his impact on future students of the city, will be greatly missed.
Tonight, there will be an informal memorial with "an open mic set up so that those who wish to share their thoughts, read a poem, sing a song, tap dance, chant tribalistic anti-capitalist monosyllables, etc. will have an opportunity to do so. You can also just come and chat and spend a while in a space filled with others struck by this untimely loss."