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ThePruittIgoe Myth

Review: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

The Pruitt-Igoe projects in St. Louis were supposed to be a means for poor farmers and field workers to find big-city opportunities.
On the sabotage of the American dream
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  April 06, 2012

The death of the American city, revisited

Urban renewal is seldom discussed as anything but the great scourge of the American city — a disastrous post-World War II push to steamroll working-class neighborhoods and replace them with towering concrete buildings and cavernous plazas that sterilized
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 17, 2010

Casino Mania

Sweeping America ...
By DAVID KISH  |  March 05, 2010

Parish Cafe and Bar

The edge of gentrification can present some close-minded folks with a barrier to finding good cheap eats.
A veteran Back Bay restaurant expands to the South End
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 15, 2010

System failure

In the “Talking Politics” column “Mass betrayal,” you attribute our state’s long, sad history of corrupt politicians to the culture of the State House. You’re probably right.
Letters to the Boston editor, July 3, 2009

The Milky Way takes it to the streets

Nobody likes gentrification, but everyone loves a parade.
A parade from dead end to new beginning
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 18, 2009

An accidentally tragic timeline

Your “Terror Masala” article, unintentionally of course, is very timely in view of the atrocities in Mumbai.
Letters to the Boston editor, December 12, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  December 10, 2008

Racial healing

To be sure, racism still exists. But the distance our culture has come in 50 years — from blacks fighting for basic civil rights to a black man running for the White House — is remarkable.
Former mayoral opponents Ray Flynn and Mel King discuss how far their city’s come, and how far it hasn’t, since 1983
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 05, 2008

Gabba gabba hayride

Punks in the know will tell you that the club where the music started, CBGB, is an acronym for “country, bluegrass, and blues.”
Tommy Ramone’s roots show in Uncle Monk
By STEVEN BEEBER  |  July 07, 2008

Hope Artiste Village

The new Hope Artiste Village, on Main Street in Pawtucket, hopes to break the familiar cycle of gentrification.
Around Town
By JESSICA KERRY  |  December 26, 2007

Art retains its power to push our buttons

When a French artist submitted a signed urinal to the Society of Independent Artists, some might think that this was just another battlefront in the culture wars.
Action speaks!
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 17, 2007


Edifice complex

You’re Boston Mayor Tom Menino, preparing to address the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on a chilly morning in December 2006.
Tom Menino has already remade Boston’s skyline. Now he wants to pack up City Hall and move it to Southie. Can anyone stop him?
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 02, 2007

Road to ruin

In contemporary art, Three Gorges Dam on China’s Yangtze River is a 1.3-mile-wide symbol for humanity’s hubris.
Exploring “Urban Landscapes” at Brown
By GREG COOK  |  May 01, 2007

Growing, up + out

2006 was a busy year for Portland, one in which the slow development of recent times took off with force.
Post everything
By CLAYTON CAMERON  |  December 27, 2006

The more things change, the more they stay the same

In December 2000, the threat to replace Fort Thunder and other old mills in Eagle Square with a bland strip mall attracted a broad and spirited opposition movement.
The artist-development clash, as seen through the Phoenix archives
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 14, 2006

Olneyville group launches anti-displacement campaign

Responding to concerns about gentrification on Providence’s West Side, the Olneyville Neighborhood Association is slated to stage a public kickoff event this Saturday, June 24, for its Campaign Against Displacement.
City watch  
By IAN DONNIS  |  June 29, 2006


Class warfare in Olneyville

The posters sprouted in mid-April, salvos in the rhetorical battle over the future of Providence’s West Side.
The strains of a worsening statewide housing crisis erupt on providence’s west side
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 24, 2006

In her own words

  This is the complete and unedited text of a statement released by Karen Shugrue:
Shugrue on being 'caught on tape'
By  |  May 24, 2006

Tensions remain hot on west side development

Critics have suspected for several years that a string of development on Providence’s West Side was nothing less than the cutting edge of gentrification.
City watch
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 10, 2006

Some Kind of Funny Porto Ricans?

Claire Andrade-Watkins’s indie documentary portrays the fate of the Cape Verdean community from the Providence neighborhood Fox Point.
By MATTIAS FREY  |  January 19, 2006