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Urban Food Policy Forum: Gentrification and the Local Food Environment

  • CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy 55 West 125th Street, 7th Floor New York, NY, 10027 (map)

Many New Yorkers have experienced gentrification, the influx of affluent people into low- and moderate-income neighborhoods that often results in residential displacement and profound changes to a community’s racial and ethnic composition, culture, and commerce. On March 29th, the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute will explore the causes and effects of gentrification on local food environments and strategies to ensure access to affordable, healthy food.


  • Jean-Marie Callan, Deputy Director of Programs and Evaluation at the Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity (NYC Opportunity), will discuss the experience of food gentrification, based on research on the residents of NYCHA developments in gentrified neighborhoods;

  • Sharon Zukin, professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and at the CUNY Graduate Center, will explore the role of food (e.g., restaurant reviews on social media) as a contributor to gentrification;

  • Emily Blank, Senior Community Development Officer at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, will discuss the role of community development corporations in building affordable food retail; and

  • Armando Moritz-Chapelliquen, Equitable Economic Development Campaign Coordinator at the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development, will discuss his organization’s efforts to organize small businesses to fight displacement.

The forum will be moderated by Institute Research Director Nevin Cohen, who has written about the role of zoning in transforming food retail.


Urban Food Policy Forum: Gentrification and the Local Food Environment