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Anti-eviction mapping and the housing crisis

23 February 18:30 - 20:15
Organized by: Urban Pamphleteer
UCL Urban Laboratory
Room G12, 22 Gordon Street
WC1H 0QB

In November 2016, the sixth edition of the Urban Pamphleteer series was published - Open Source Housing Crisis – looking at how communication technologies can engage critically with the underlying logics of London’s rapidly escalating housing crisis. In this Urban Pamphleteer seminar we have invited Erin McElroy, co-founder of the San Francisco-based Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, to discuss how digital mapping can make visible what gentrification and displacement make invisible.

 

Since the emergence of Silicon Valley’s Tech Boom 2.0, the San Francisco Bay Area has endured rapid restructuring of property value. As rental and home prices have skyrocketed, so have eviction rates, disproportionately leading to the dispossession of racialized poor and working-class tenants in San Francisco, Oakland, and other Bay Area urban spaces.

 

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (AEMP) – a data visualization, data analysis, and cartographic narrative collective – arose to provide documentation and analysis of the eviction crisis, working alongside (rather than for) impacted communities, activist groups, and housing justice coalitions.

 

In this talk, AEMP cofounder Erin McElroy will elaborate upon the project and its visions while also highlighting numerous AEMP maps and media pieces that detail the contemporary contours of Bay Area gentrification.

 

Invited responses will be given by a number of people representing organisations doing work on the London housing crisis:

 

Rebecca Ross (Urban Pamphleteer)

Nicolas Fonty (Just Map)

Ben Beach (Radical Housing Network)

Debbie Humphry and Barbara Brayshay (Livingmaps)

Michael Edwards (Just Space)

 

The seminar is chaired by Ben Campkin (Urban Pamphleteer).