What’s in a name? How neighborhood rebrands can grease the wheels of gentrification

Jun 12, 2024
Neighborhood nicknames like SoHo or LoDo have become common in American cities. But what gets lost when neighborhoods rebrand?
Lower Downtown Denver has been referred to as “LoDo” since at least the 1980s. But more recently, a wave of two-syllable neighborhood nicknames are popping up across America.
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Digital nomads are flocking to Colombia

Apr 16, 2024
Some remote workers, able to work anywhere, are opting to move to Medellín. It’s brought a welcome financial boost to some locals, but others say they’re being priced out.
The city of Medellín, seen at night. While some locals welcome the economic contributions from the influx of remote workers, others fear they're being priced out.
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How to act as a responsible foodie

Diners have a responsibility to learn about the history of restaurants and the people behind them, says professor and author Pascale Joassart-Marcelli.
"I think that foodies have a responsibility ... to educate themselves and to reflect on the impacts of the consumption," said professor Pascale Joassart-Marcelli.
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Feeding gentrification

Sep 11, 2023
Econ Extra Credit newsletter #165
Roast To Go has been at Grand Central Market since 1952.
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This video game teaches players about gentrification

Jul 3, 2023
At the Oakland-based nonprofit Gameheads, people go from playing video games to making them, drawing from lived experience.
From left to right, Rogelio Lara, co-creator of the "Here's Your Change" video game, chats with "Marketplace Morning Report" host David Brancaccio.
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Empty seats, feral cats, angry fans: Oakland A's push for new home as crowds stay away

May 11, 2022
Some fans are convinced the team is trying to keep fans away as it eyes a potential new home in Las Vegas.
A's manager Mark Kotsay, left, and pitcher Frankie Montas during a contest with the Detroit Tigers. With A's home games attracting few fans, the team hopes for a new stadium to play in, built with assistance from the city.
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Is racist housing policy the real villain in "Candyman"?

Oct 21, 2021
Brentin Mock of Bloomberg CityLab says Candyman represents what bad, racist housing policy created and what gentrification tries to erase.
A crew demolishes part of Chicago's Cabrini-Green housing project in 2011. The site, which now hosts luxury apartments and high-end shops, is the setting for the horror film "Candyman."
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For public good, not for profit.

BBQ used to be poor folks' food. Now, some of it is $36 per pound.

Oct 14, 2021
Pitmasters have become social media and television stars. A few have won James Beard Awards.
Tootsie Tomanetz, the 86-year-old pitmaster at Snow's BBQ, tends to sausages on a Saturday morning in Lexington, Texas. Tomanetz has been cooking barbecue since 1966 and says she never could have imagined the popularity she's witnessing today.
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Could the Steel City become a silicon city? A look at a post 9/11 Pennsylvania

This weekend marks 20 years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. We check in on Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed in a field. Marketplace's Nova Safo joins us from Pittsburgh.
 In Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood, which used to be majority Black, longtime businesses mix with newcomers popping up amid redevelopment spurred by tech industry growth.
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"Miss Juneteenth" tells the story of a Black woman trying to build a better economic future

Feb 8, 2021
Writer-director Channing Godfrey Peoples discusses her debut film and the economic realities it draws upon.
Turquoise (Nicole Beharie) with her daughter, Kai (Alexis Chikaeze), in "Miss Juneteenth."  Channing Godfrey Peoples' story was inspired by Black women in her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.
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