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Virtual: A Brief History of Gentrification in Baltimore City

Virtual: A Brief History of Gentrification in Baltimore City

Join the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Towson University Alumni for A Brief History of Gentrification in Baltimore City with Matthew Durington.


During this co-sponsored event, Dr. Durington will use his research in the South Baltimore community of Sharp Leadenhall to walk attendees through the history of blockbusting, redlining and other historic urban renewal processes that set the stage for gentrification in Baltimore City in the 21st century. While development and change can be a welcome addition to a city that suffers from a variety of socioeconomic issues, gentrification can also be a process of exclusion and marginalization of historic residents. This gets particularly problematic when gentrification follows the contours of racial and class displacement.  



Matthew Durington is a professor of anthropology at Towson University. Alongside his students and colleagues, he has studied processes of gentrification and other urban issues in Baltimore and abroad over the last 20-plus years. He is the author of numerous articles on housing and race in addition to the book "Networked Anthropology" with co-author Samuel Gerald Collins. 


A link to the WebEx session will be emailed to all registrants before the event.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

All Campus Events, Arts & Culture, Lectures, Alumni & Advancement, Open to the Public, Faculty/Staff, Virtual


University Advancement, Alumni Relations

Target Audience

Students, Faculty, General Public, Staff



No cost

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