The Good and The Bad of Gentrification @ The Brickhouse Gallery & Art Complex / OFFICIAL, Sacramento [20 March]

The Good and The Bad of Gentrification

17:30 - 20:00

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The Brickhouse Gallery & Art Complex / OFFICIAL
2837 36th St, Sacramento, California 95817
According to Realtor. com, Sacramento is #7 of the Top 10 U.S. cities that are gentrifying the fastest (we're ahead of Jersey City, Long Beach and Austin). And while our median home price increase during 2000-2015 has more than doubled, from $127,500 to $255,000, we're only 26.5 percent gentrified.

So is that something to feel happy and hopeful about, or is it an omen of bad things to come for a big group of people? That's the topic of Part 3 of our four-part panel series, «California's Crazy Housing Market.»

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines «Gentrification» as the process of renewal and rebuilding of deteriorating neighborhoods that brings an influx of middle-class and affluent people, and the displacement of poorer residents. Perfect examples of that: Oakland. The Mission District in San Francisco. Portland. Austin. Charleston, South Carolina (it's #1 on that Top 10 Gentrifying Cities list).

And here in Sacramento, cites Midtown (taken over by stylish white-linen restaurants and pricey new condos) and Oak Park (Patris Studio Gallery Miller, a 20-year tenant which was nearly lost to developers last fall, is now joined by “holistic spa” Capitol Floats, where customers spend $65 an hour for relaxing in lukewarm saltwater).

It may not be a shocker that we're getting hip and happenin' places like that. Thanks to our «relatively affordable» real estate prices, Sacramento is seeing an influx of young professionals and well-off empty-nesters from all over, whose money is creating new businesses and boosting neighborhoods that haven't seen that bump in a while.

But what about the long-term residents who live in those gentrifying or soon-to-be gentrified communities of Midtown, Oak Park, Upper Broadway, Del Paso Heights, West Sacramento, etc.? Are they reaping the benefits and sharing in the spoils?

Sacramento is often on the Top 10 List of most diverse cities. How can we gentrify our city and still keep the neighborhoods diversified in age, race and income?

Join us for a discussion about this in Sacramento's current Ground Zero of Gentrification — Oak Park. We'll be serving Oak Park Brewing beer and La Venadita antojitos at the Brickhouse Gallery; listen to a great group of panelists talk about the good, bad, ugly and hip of gentrification in Oak Park and other parts of town; and then you get to step up to the mic to ask questions, share your concerns, defend your presence in town, and give your point of view.

* William Burg, Sacramento historian and author — his latest book is «Midtown Sacramento: Creative Soul of the City»
* Tom Karvonen, co-owner of Oak Park Brewing
* Barbara Range, owner and curator of the Brickhouse Gallery
* Tracy Stigler, president of St. Hope Development Company
* Katie Valenzuela Garcia, president of the Oak Park Neighborhood Association, and co-facilitator for the Sacramento Neighborhood Coalition

Free admission, but REGISTRATION required — The Brickhouse only has seating capacity for 100, so sign up for your seat via the Eventbrite link on this page, and we'll check you in at the front door.

La Venadita is bringing tacos and salads from down the street, and we'll also have beer and wine available for purchase.

5:45 pm: Doors open — buy a drink, find a seat.

6:30 pm: Panel discussion starts — a moderated Q&A for 45-60 minutes

7:30 pm: Audience Q&A starts — step up to the mic and ask a question, give an opinion, offer a suggestion

8 pm — More mixing and mingling
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