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A Path to Neighborhood Power

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I think it is possible to transform badly distressed neighborhoods. Even in a neoliberal age. We have the tools to do it - and Onlyville was doing it. We can transform them, and make them safe, and livable and viable and exciting again. But what we can't do given the tools that neoliberalism has bequeathed to us is protect them from gentrification. That's the problem. The expertise exists. And this is where my book differs from a lot of the books on gentrification. Everybody knows what happens with gentrification, they get that. The expertise exists to transform these neighborhoods and retain the affordability for the folks with limited means. That we can do. It's very hard, and it only works when all the stars align, but it is doable.

Chuck interviews attorney and legal scholar Joseph Marguelies on his Boston Review article "A Path to Neighborhood Power."

Photograph by Renate Hildebrandt CC BY 03

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Joseph Marguelies

Joseph Margulies is Professor of Law and Government at Cornell University. He was Counsel of Record in Rasul v. Bush (2004), involving detentions at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Station, and in Geren v. Omar and Munaf v. Geren (2008), involving detentions at Camp Cropper in Iraq. His books include Guantánamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power and What Changed When Everything Changed: 9/11 and the Making of National Identity.

Joseph Marguelies at Cornell University


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