*Sold Out* New York City: From Reconstruction to Universal Rent Control

Lauren Hudson at Grant's Tomb

Sun, Jun 2 at 2 p.m.   |   90 minutes

The opening event in a brand new partnership with the National Park Service will be an Olio exploring reconstruction as context for NYC's current housing situation.

This event kicks off a brand new partnership with the National Park Service. We'l be doing a series of events at famous NYC landmarks sites this summer for Think Olio members but this first one is free and open to the public! Take advantage and join us for the opening event at the General Grant National Memorial. Please RSVP as only the first 30 people to sign up will get a seat.

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The Olio:

Cities are inherently contradictory. For example, only about 3% of the land area in the U.S. can be qualified as ‘urban’, yet those areas host about 80% of our total population. Urban space is both a minority in its use and a majority in terms of how many people live within it. Another contradiction is how dependent urban space is on the rural; the cities that we see today are legacies of rural transformation.

​This Olio will cover the historical flashpoints of urban ‘development’ in the U.S. from the rural outmigration from the South after the end of Reconstruction, to the urban displacement wrought by gentrification. Between these two periods, we see changes in our food production, homeownership, and the state’s role in economic development--all of which created outcomes that we are still struggling to deal with today. This Olio also directly aligns with the rent reform going on in NYC with the laws governing universal rent stabilization set to expire. We have a direct link from Reformation to gentrification. Let's talk about it.

Teacher: Lauren Hudson

Lauren Hudson is currently a doctoral candidate in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center where she writes about anti-capitalist organizing among women in NYC.


Venue: Grant's Tomb

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Think Olio is here to put the liberation back into the liberal arts.

Classically, the liberal arts, were the education considered essential for a free person to take an active part in civic life. To counter a humanities that has been institutionalized and dehumanized we infuse critical thinking, openness, playfulness, and compassion into our learning experience.

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