Attitudes on the Perceived Gentrification in the Butler-Tarkington Community

Julio Trujillo Butler University, Ethan Daniels Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Kenneth Colburn Butler University
Butler-Tarkington, a neighborhood within Indianapolis, Indiana has been undergoing drastic change of character in and around the Butler-Tarkington community park. Such investments are often seen as a much-needed improvement to the community, but others worry that this renovation signals an impending threat of gentrification. Gentrification is a widespread phenomenon that is occurring throughout cities across the country (Maciag, 2015). Two profound schools of thought have arisen from gentrification; first, that it is a beneficial process that redevelops low-income communities (Byrne, 2003; Melzer & Schuetz, 2012; Meltzer & Ghorbani, 2017), or secondly, that it displaces old residents and creates a class and racial conflict (Patch 2008; Zukin 2008; Langegger, 2016). Our study proposes to examine this process within the community by utilizing in-depth interviews as a means to clarifying this often-complex phenomenon; thus, semi-structured interview data gathered from the viewpoint of long-standing residents, newcomers and stakeholders, is essential to discover attitudes towards this perceived gentrification of Butler-Tarkington. The information gained will provide us resident views of renovations and their sense of gentrification. We believe our study will illuminate an essential voice in the scientific literature regarding gentrification.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

09:00 AM
Jordan Hall 201