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"If we own the story, we own the place": Cultural Heritage, Historic Preservation, and Gentrification on U Street

dc.contributor.advisorSies, Mary Cen_US
dc.contributor.authorFrank, Stephanieen_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis investigates the roles of cultural heritage and historic preservation in the gentrification of the Greater U Street neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Its larger purpose is to critique historic preservation's contribution to urban revitalization and look closely at who does and does not benefit from this relationship. Conducting interviews with five "heritage experts" and using the materials created by Cultural Tourism DC to promote the neighborhood's rich history, culture, and heritage produce a complex view of the neighborhood and its contested stories---past and present. Through analysis of the competing stories told about the U Street neighborhood and three case study buildings (the Whitelaw Hotel, Thurgood Marshall Center for Service and Heritage, and the Lincoln Theatre), I developed a cultural critique of the heritage and preservation efforts and the gentrification process, concluding that such heritage activities do contribute to the revanchist nature of gentrification.en_US
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dc.title"If we own the story, we own the place": Cultural Heritage, Historic Preservation, and Gentrification on U Streeten_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentAmerican Studiesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledAmerican Studiesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledcultural heritageen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledhistoric preservationen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledU Streeten_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledWashington, DCen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledcultural tourismen_US

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