Diverse cities: the legacy of colonialism and persistence of racism in New York City

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Thomas Angotti, Professor Emeritus of Urban Policy and Planning, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)

In highly urbanised North America and Europe, local governments are facing protests against gentrification and displacement. The protests often open up new avenues for affected populations to participate in local decision-making – through community-based planning, participatory budgeting, and other inclusionary tactics. In response to threats of displacement of vulnerable populations, diversity – of ethnicity, race, gender, age and sexual orientation – is often recognised as a powerful element to be protected and promoted in local policy. It may lead to progress in realising the right to the city. In this chapter I will question whether inclusionary tactics tend to undo or reinforce diversity, considering the case of New York City.