DW Gibson is the author of Not Working: People Talk About Losing a Job and Finding Their Way in Today’s Changing Economy. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The New York Observer, The Daily Beast, BOMB, and The Caravan. Gibson serves as director of Writers Omi at Ledig House in Ghent, New York, which is part of the Omi International Arts Center. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
The groundbreaking oral history that tells the stories of New Yorkers effecting and affected by gentrification
If you live in a cityand every year, more and more Americans doyou’ve seen firsthand how gentrification has transformed our surroundings. It has so altered the way cities look, feel, cost, and even smell to such an extent that it’s hard to imagine that it could ever have been otherwise.
Over the last few years, journalists, policymakers, critics, and historians have all tried to explain just what it is that happens when new money and new residents flow in, yet we’ve had very little access to the human side of this phenomenon.
Up and Coming captures the stories of the many kinds of peoplebrokers, buyers, sellers, renters, landlords, artists, contractors, politicians and everyone in betweenwho are being shaped byand are shapingthe new New York City. In this extraordinary oral history, DW Gibson takes gentrification out of the op-ed columns and the textbooks and brings it to life. Gibson explains in the voices of the people living through itwhat urban change really looks and feels like.
In the plainspoken, casually authoritative tradition of Jane Jacobs and Studs Terkel, Up and Coming is an inviting and essential portrait of the way we live now.
Praise for Not Working:
“A book with fascinating range and a fresh perspective [that shows] how powerful the genre of oral history can be.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Wrenching . . . Wide-ranging . . . This book is so important.” —New York Daily News
“A powerful and heart-wrenching story that is unfortunately replicated far too many times by far too many people” —Ken Burns