The phrase “cappuccino city” refers to previously low-income, minority neighborhoods that are experiencing major demographic shifts caused by the influx of mid-to-upper income, white millennials. It’s happening in the Bronx in New York City, in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, and in the Shaw area of Washington, D.C. Shaw is the neighborhood at the center of SPA Associate Professor Derek Hyra’s new book, “Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City.”
Hyra’s research shows us that preconceived notions about gentrification, the ghetto, and the American city require deeper analysis. In Washington’s Shaw neighborhood, Hyra uncovers the complex interactions between newcomers and long-term residents, leading to the emergence of the cappuccino city. Upscale high-rises replace original row homes, and coffee shop chains replace AM.PM carry-outs. As property values rise, the race and class of inner cities is rapidly changing.
Derek Hyra is an associate professor in American University’s School of Public Affairs (SPA) and director of SPA’s Metropolitan Policy Center. His research focuses on processes of neighborhood change, with an emphasis on housing, urban politics, and race.
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