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Podcast Featuring SPA Faculty Highlights How Gentrification Affects Washington, D.C.

Derek Hyra discusses his work researching gentrification urban development in D.C.

The latest episode of the Holistic Housing Podcast features a conversation about gentrification with American University School of Public Affairs Associate Professor, and Director of the Metropolitan Policy Center, Derek Hyra. In the episode, Hyra discusses his work researching gentrification and equitable urban development in D.C.'s famous U Street/Shaw neighborhood.

Hosted by Laura DeMaria (SPA/MPA '13), the executive director of the National Association for County Community and Economic Development, the podcast gave Hyra an opportunity to discuss his book "Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City" and how true social integration in a newly gentrified area is the key to equitable development.

"How do we break down micro level segregation and how do we grease the wheels of social integration?" asked Hyra. "This is something that Washington, D.C. and many other cities have to think about in their gentrifying neighborhoods."

The Holistic Housing Podcast is recorded monthly and brings together thought leaders, policy makers, and program implementers across the affordable housing, community development, and economic development fields. Guests discuss their experiences and solutions on topics such as gentrification, workforce development, homelessness, urban revitalization, sustainability, place making, the American Dream, and more.

You can access the show featuring Hyra now on iTunes, TuneIn, and Stitcher.