(A Kamagasaki resident recycles and rides by street art. Photo courtesy of Dr. Marr)
Professor Matthew Marr’s article entitled “Gentrification, Housing Situation, and Uncertainty: The “Cries” of Kamagasaki Residents about Nishinari Tokku Kousou and Neighborhood Change” was recently published as the lead article in the Japanese language journal “Space, Society, and Geographical Thought.”
The journal website can be viewed here: Space, Society, and Geographical Thought
Dr. Marr’s article can be viewed here: "Gentrification, Housing Situation, and Uncertainty: The “Cries” of Kamagasaki Residents about Nishinari Tokku Kousou and Neighborhood Change"
The article looks at how some effects of a top-down gentrification project in Kamagasaki were mitigated by a bottom-up process of democratic and participatory machizukuri (community building). However, Marr argues that impacts of the project vary by housing status, with those most unstably housed experiencing the project as a threat to their subjective sense of security about their present lives and the future.
(A Kamagasaki Natsu Matsuri, or Summer Festival. Photo courtesy of Dr. Marr)