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Black Branding and Gentrification in Washington, D.C.

Who should be allowed to brand a neighborhood? A review of Derek Hyra’s new book, “Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City,” examining transformations in the the Shaw/U Street neighborhood of the nation’s capital.

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Rowan Oak, home to enslaver Robert Sheegog at the time of the founding of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss). Photo by Visit Mississippi, 2005.

Ole Miss and the Shadow of Slavery: A Conversation with Jeffrey Jackson and Charles Ross

Ivy League institutions are scrambling to uncover their links to the history of slavery. But the University of Mississippi—built by slaves, amid slave plantations, for slaveowners to teach future slaveowners—might offer the richest insights into the nation’s unshakable ties to centuries of bondage.

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“Stop Calling Me Resilient”: Addressing Environmental Degradation in Louisiana

Louisiana’s coast restoration project, and its underlying framework of climate resiliency, is generating pushback from environmental justice organizations.

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Suburban Commuters, Urban Polluters

The migration of African Americans to cities and the rise of a commuter culture in the suburbs were shaped by one transformative technology: the automobile.

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Transparent Walls: The Work of Do Ho Suh

Four graduate students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison share their reflections on the work of Do Ho Suh.

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An abandoned building, beginning to fall down, next to an overgrown vacant lot in Baltimore. Photo by Dawn Biehler, 2016.

The Itchy Ecology of Segregation: A Conversation with Dawn Biehler

For many of us, mosquitos are an annoying fact of life in the summer. But for Dawn Biehler, they are also a symptom of social inequality.

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Carolyn Finney addresses the Nelson Institute's Community Environmental Scholars Program in Madison, Wisconsin, April 2016. Photo by Ingrid Laas.

Nature and the Rules of Race: A Conversation with Carolyn Finney

The importance of storytelling in elucidating and challenging understandings of race and the environment.

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Black and white portrait of Laurent Savoy

The Land Doesn’t Hate: A Conversation with Lauret Savoy

A geologist turned award-winning writer reflects on the marks racism has left on the American landscape.

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Edgy Stuff: October 2016 Recommendations

October 2016 recommendations from the Edge Effects editorial board.

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Wasting Space: Composting for Change in New York

A compost organization in New York City offers up an alternative vision of urban green space and waste labor.

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