UA Ruhr News Center
18. 12. 2019
The Future of My City Airing at St. Louis Public Radio – “What a German City tells us About How to Handle Gentrification in St. Louis”
Gentrification is not just a hot-button issue in capital cities like New York and Berlin but also in post-industrial areas whose landscapes are dotted with idle coal mines and abandoned steel mills. The transatlantic project The Future of My City, organized by the University Alliance Ruhr office in New York as part of the Deutschlandjahr USA 2018-2019, brought together students from the Ruhr area in Germany and the Rust Belt in the United States to develop innovative solutions to urban challenges. One significant takeaway of the project is the comparability of research outcomes and similar policy recommendations despite the considerable cultural and economic differences between Germany and the United States. This past November, a group of students from Dortmund, Germany, came to St. Louis to meet with their team members from the University of Missouri in St. Louis (UMSL) and Washington University in St. Louis, and present their project Clean Walls = Higher Rent!? -Gentrification Debates in Legacy Cities to stakeholders and academics. The local NPR Radio station covered the project with an interview with UMSL graduate students Adam Brown and Liz Deichmann. Listen to the interview here.