Eleni Mentis, BFA CD, Gentrification in New York City

Gentrification is when an influx of middle or high-income families move into an area typically dominated by those of low-income. As a result, this alters the neighborhood and its makeup by catering to the more financially affluent demographic. Using different mediums such as editorial, periodical, and web design to not only inform, but also to connect communities against gentrification.

InformedNYC is a web design project, focusing on unifying New Yorkers by informing them of their housing rights and bridging communities together. Within the website, there’s a newsletter titled “What’s Happening in Your Neighborhood?” It focuses on specific neighborhoods within the five boroughs. The content is based on submissions from locals that reside in that area. The zines presented are based on natives sharing their experience of how they’ve been affected by gentrification, urging readers to take action. Lastly, Gentrification in New York City is an editorial project that is a compilation of research, photo series, and essays on the topic of Gentrification. Allowing readers to have a physical object that informs them of gentrification.

The main goal of this project was to create tools that unify New Yorkers by keeping them informed and aiding them in the fight against gentrification.

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