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Real estate developers wield enormous power in our city. They use their business, political, and personal networks to shape local policy, access public subsidies, and forward an agenda that prioritizes their profits at the expense of affordable housing, well-paying jobs, and real investment in working class and low-income communities.
As affordable housing crises worsen in cities across the country, it's important for us to understand how real estate developers fuel gentrification and displacement, as well as the key role they play in local political and corporate power structures. For this workshop, we'll be joined by Antony Dugdale from UNITE HERE, who will guide us through «Philly Real Estate Development 101.»
We'll explore questions like: Who are some of the most important real estate developers in Philly right now? What's the typical real estate development process from start to finish? What opportunities exist for us to disrupt that process? Why do real estate developers rely on so many public subsidies? What are the relationships between real estate developers and elected officials in Philly? Which local corporations are partnering with real estate developers to move a pro-business agenda at the expense of everyone else?
We'll also share how to get involved in a new project to research Philly's key real estate developers in partnership with grassroots organizing. (See here for an example of developer power mapping from Buffalo, NY:https://littlesis.org/maps/2367-sinatra-paladino).