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I am interested in how citizens, politicians, and “placemakers” (architects, planners, CDCs, etc.) articulate their role in the re-imagining of place and to what effect. This has led me to conduct research in Kazimierz, a neighborhood of Krakow, Poland to understand how the concept of authenticity was utilized in the neighborhood’s redevelopment process in the late 1980’s/ early 1990’s. Currently I am working on a comparative project about three Detroit neighborhoods to understand how neighborhood growth is understood within the broader context of urban shrinkage. This project also deals with how placemakers attempt to cultivate a sense of distinction between neighborhoods. I have particular methodological interests in visual sociology and hand-drawn map-making.
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