Diamonds in the Rough: The Gentrification of Rural Washington

02oct6:00 pm7:00 pmDiamonds in the Rough: The Gentrification of Rural Washington6:00 pm - 7:00 pm(GMT-07:00) 130 N Washington Ave.

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Washington’s rural communities are rapidly changing. Formerly reliant on working-class industries like mining, oil, and agriculture, an influx of wealthy urbanites is looking for a different kind of experience that includes natural amenities, outdoor recreation, and cultural activities. But in doing so, these newcomers are causing new inequalities.

Join Jennifer Sherman, professor of sociology, to discuss both the glaring and the hidden effects of rural gentrification. Through the lens of a rural Washington community, Sherman explains how “class blindness” protects those with more privilege from fully recognizing social class inequalities. She advocates for the importance of getting to know the neighbors who are least like us so that we can minimize destructive social divides together.



October 2, 2023 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm(GMT-07:00)


PUD Board Room

130 N Washington Ave.

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