Podcast: Do Bicycles Cause Gentrification?

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This week we’re chatting with Dr. Melody Hoffman, professor of communications studies at Anoka Ramsey Community College at the American Planning Association Midwest Conference about her book Bike Lanes are White Lanes. We discuss how bike lanes are flashpoints for neighborhood gentrification fights, bicycle advocacy history and the women’s movement, and how bikes can be seen as rolling signifiers.

 

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