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Durham County Library Hosts Film Screening and Discussion on Gentrification

Program: Gentrification or Economic Growth: Good or Bad?
Date: Tuesday, December 17
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Stanford L. Warren Branch Library, 1201 Fayetteville St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host a screening of My Brooklyn: The Real Story Behind the Gentrification of America’s Hippest City at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17 at Stanford L. Warren Branch Library, 1201 Fayetteville St. The event will conclude with a discussion of Brooklyn’s similarities to Durham facilitated by Kevin Montgomery, Durham architect and Brooklyn native; Sendolo Diaminah, former NYC resident, activist/organizer and founder of People’s Durham; and Jarvis Hall, Associate Professor of Political Science at North Carolina Central University and founder of The Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change.

Filmmaker and Hunter College professor Kelly Anderson created My Brooklyn as a way to understand the socio-economic and cultural impact of commercial development and gentrification in Brooklyn. Anderson moved to the city in 1988, attracted by the combination of inexpensive housing, the arts, multi-ethnic communities and bohemian hip culture. However, by 2004 she realized that the city was no longer affordable to her as a result of real estate speculation and economic growth driven by developers.

The event will feature a discussion of the similarities between Brooklyn and Durham, including a large African-American population and a current trend of attracting young, independent entrepreneurs seeking a developing urban environment. Participants will discuss whether Durham can learn from Brooklyn’s example.

The event is co-sponsored by Nu Development and Cultural Center, People’s Durham, Triangle Free Press and The Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change. For additional information, contact Carter B. Cue at 919-560-0282.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
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