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A Home for the Liberal Ideal: Brown University Housing Policy & the East Side of Providence, 1937-1997

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Abstract:
A few short decades ago, working class communities, communities of color, and immigrant communities thrived in neighborhoods abutting Brown University’s campus on the East Side of Providence, Rhode Island. These neighborhoods offered some of the city’s most affordable rents. Today, the East Side is an enclave of wealth and whiteness in an otherwise predominantly low-income and non-white city. This Public Policy honors thesis examines the historic role that Brown University played in disrupting these affordable housing opportunities and in displacing and disintegrating these communities between 1937 and 1997. It documents this role through archival work, spatial representation, and interviews with key stakeholders. Ultimately, this thesis imagines a framework through which Brown and its university community members can address this historic impact and, in moving forward, become a leading player in addressing Providence’s contemporary housing crisis.
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Senior thesis (AB)--Brown University, 2020
Concentration: Public Policy

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Pettit, Nathaniel P., "A Home for the Liberal Ideal: Brown University Housing Policy & the East Side of Providence, 1937-1997" (2020). The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs Theses and Dissertations. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library. https://doi.org/10.26300/0a11-gx30

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