Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City, Paperback / softback Book

Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City Paperback / softback


For long-time residents of Washington, D.C.'s Shaw/U Street, the neighborhood has become almost unrecognizable in recent years.

Where the city's most infamous open-air drug market once stood, a farmers' market now sells grass-fed beef and homemade duck egg ravioli.

On the corner where AM.PM carryout used to dish out soul food, a new establishment markets its $28 foie gras burger.

Shaw is experiencing a dramatic transformation, from "ghetto" to "gilded ghetto," where white newcomers are rehabbing homes, developing dog parks, and paving the way for a third wave coffee shop on nearly every block.Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City is an in-depth ethnography of this gilded ghetto.

Derek S. Hyra captures here a quickly gentrifying space in which long-time black residents are joined, and variously displaced, by an influx of young, white, relatively wealthy, and/or gay professionals who, in part as a result of global economic forces and the recent development of central business districts, have returned to the cities earlier generations fled decades ago.

As a result, America is witnessing the emergence of what Hyra calls "cappuccino cities."A cappuccino has essentially the same ingredients as a cup of coffee with milk, but is considered upscale and double the price.

In Hyra's cappuccino city, the black inner-city neighborhood undergoes enormous transformations and becomes racially "lighter" and more expensive by the year.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 240 pages, 14 halftones, 6 line drawings, 17 tables
  • Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
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  • Category: Urban communities
  • ISBN: 9780226449531

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