Tune in now for this week’s Barbershop Show. The topic of discussion is the many faces of gentrification after Spike Lee’s rant earlier this week about gentrification in Brooklyn went viral. We welcome to the show: • Christyn S. Henson, New Communities Program Director at Quad Communities Development Corporation. • J. Brian Malone, Executive Director of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) • Bernard Loyd, a developer in Bronzeville • Nelson Soza, Executive Director of The Pilsen Alliance and • Eric Lynch, who plays “Jackson” in the Goodman Theatre’s current production of “Buzzer”. The play runs until March 9th.
Yesterday just hours before the state playoff tournament was set to begin, the Homewood- Flossmoor basketball team was eliminated from the tournament because their head coach had illegally recruited players. The IHSA been trying to strike a deal with the team by offering 6 players the opportunity to stay and play in the tournament while the coach and the 11 players eliminated could not play. One of the eliminated players filed a restraining order that would have allowed the team to keep competing in the playoffs, claiming that the parents and the players were unaware of these eligibility requirements. On the flipside, the team did have more training time during the offseason from other teams, so did the recruiting even matter? The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams along with Dr. Coya Paz discussed this story and explored further into the issue of gentrification.
Buzzer, the just opened play at the Goodman shows the effects of gentrification on the gentrifiers as an interracial couple move back to the “dangerous” New York neighborhood the boyfriend grew up in. Against better advice, they invite his recovering addict friend from childhood to move in with them. Actors Eric Lynch and Shane Kenyon joined us in studio.
You ever wonder how neighborhoods transition? Not from the perspective of traditional gentrification, but more so coexisting. Host Audra Wilson takes a trip down to the Chatham neighborhood to speak to some of the local businesses there.
Hyde Park, with a big push from the University of Chicago, is transitioning to a more economically dense neighborhood. But how do you develop an area without wandering into gentrifying it? We gathered a few perspectives to talk this one out. In the first clip, you’ll hear Joanna Trotter of the Metropolitan Planning Council detailing how the U of C and the investors in Harper Court worked with residents to design around their desires and concerns. We also heard the darker side of the construction project from Kiley Rusell, owner of Big Girl Make Up Bar and Spa which is right across the street. While there might be big payout 18 months from now, she is struggling to attract people to her newer business. Lastly, Wendy Walker Williams of the Southeast Chicago Commission spoke with us about upcoming community meetings for residents and business owners.