In the past two decades, East Austin has undergone a radical demographic shift due to the process of gentrification. As property values increase exponentially, more high-rise buildings and trendy eateries are replacing historic neighborhoods, displacing long-standing working-class residents of color.
Yet despite these changes, a few longtime residents have remained, maintaining their property, presence and place in the community. Eric Tang, professor in the College of Liberal Arts and director of the Social Justice Institute, and Bisola Falola, a researcher in the Department of Geography and the Environment, have conducted surveys with these residents and will share their findings at the next Front Porch Gathering event on Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m. at Huston-Tillotson University, Agard-Lovinggood Auditorium, 900 Chicon St.
The community-wide dialogue, hosted by the Community Engagement Center, will include exploration of strategies and models for addressing ongoing issues of equity, access and displacement.
The Front Porch Gathering series represents UT’s open door to the Austin community, providing time and space for community collaboration. The monthly gathering works to address issues of equity, disparity and access through active engagement and connects UT research and resources with community organizations and community members.
The event is free and open to the public. Food will be provided. Visit this website to read about past events.