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"It's so bland, irrelevant": young people's impressions of and lives amongst changing spaces

Kelley, Olivia (2020) "It's so bland, irrelevant": young people's impressions of and lives amongst changing spaces. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Concerned with the growing ubiquity and likely detrimental effects of gentrification, scholars have examined the causes and effects of neighborhood change, pointing out the long term consequences of physical, political, and cultural displacement. For understandable reasons, this research has focused almost exclusively on adults leaving little known about the impacts of gentrification on young people. However, young people’s experiences growing up amongst neighborhood change is a unique and important prospective to help illuminate the possible ongoing impacts of neighborhood change on future generations. Using a mixed-method approach including GIS mapping of descriptive quantitative data, photovoice, and semi-structured one-on- one interviews, I address this gap in the literature by examining how young people in Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood interpret neighborhood change and its importance on their lived realities. Findings suggest that, unlike their adult counterparts, young people do not feel the emotional connections to long-established spaces. Their differing interpretations of change are accompanied by a perceived lack of importance the change holds in their daily lives. Including young people in neighborhood change research allows for the young people themselves to feel like their voices are being heard and for policymakers to understand how a unique sector of the population views broad changes to the physical and social landscapes of a place.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kelley, Oliviaock2@pitt.eduock20000-0001-5810-8389
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorHowell, Juniajuniahowell@pitt.eduhowelljl0000-0003-4631-7225
Committee MemberMendez, Jasonjmendez@pitt.edujmendez
Committee MemberOsai, Esoheesohe.osai@pitt.eduero190000-0003-2321-0708
Committee MemberWoldoff, RachaelRachael.Woldoff@mail.wvu.edu0000-0003-2996-4252
Date: 1 May 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 7 April 2020
Approval Date: 1 May 2020
Submission Date: 9 April 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 88
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Sociology
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gentrification, neighborhood change, young people, photovoice
Date Deposited: 01 May 2020 19:41
Last Modified: 01 May 2020 19:41


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