April 7th | Posted In Citizenship

Crossfire Discussion on Gentrification with the People’s Emergency Center

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Our friends, the Emerging Leaders of People’s Emergency Center, are holding an a talk entitled “Sounding the Horn: A Crossfire Discussion on Gentrification.”  If you’re available April 24th, you should check it out. If you go to this, you’ll get caught up in the crossfire, given how heated gentrification debates can get. Just remember, no matter how intense things get, no shooting little silver marbles at the panelists.

Here’s what you can expect:

6 speakers. 3 rounds. The speakers will cover everything from the history of gentrification and its effect on identity formation, to tacking whether gentrification is a necessary step in urban revitalization. The audience gets to decide the debate’s winner.  After the debate, there will be a cocktail reception and some networking.

Moderator: Brian Howard, News Editor at Philadelphia Magazine


Michael Cooper, VP of Development at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC)

Maya Francis, freelance writer

Penelope Giles, Executive Director of the Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation

Gilberto Gonzalez, author and noted designer

John Chin, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

Otis Bullock, Executive Director of Diversified Community Services

All proceeds from the event will go to support The People’s Emergency Center and its programs.

Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door, and you can get them here:

To learn more about the People’s Emergency Center, visit

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