12/14/2011 06:54 pm ET Updated Dec 19, 2011

Model D Speaker Series On Gentrification Live Tweets

The Model D Speaker Series panel on gentrification in Detroit is happening Wednesday night at the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center downtown.

Speakers will include Kurt Metzger, Data Driven Detroit; Noah Stephens, The People of Detroit, Meagan Elliott, a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology & Urban Planning at University of Michigan, Burney Johnson from MSHDA, Malik Goodwin, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), Larry Mongo of Cafe D'Mongo's Speakeasy, Lori Robinson, B.L.A.C Detroit Magazine and Lottie Spady, East Michigan Environmental Action Council.

The panelists will discuss whether gentrification is happening in Detroit and what city residents and others should think and do about it. The event's organizers said they expected standing room only, so they've created a Twitter hashtag for those following along at home: #GentD.

We're collecting the most insightful tweets about the event in this slideshow:

Model D Speaker Series: Gentrification

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By Model D Staff:

When you hear the word gentrification, what do you think?

With recent announcements of new retail development and housing incentive programs, the word is on the tip of many Detroiters' tongues. In other cities, these conversations happen too late, or not at all. So let's talk about it now. And then let's keep talking about it.

The word was coined in 1964 by British urban sociologist Ruth Glass to denote the influx of middle-class people to city neighborhoods, sometimes displacing lower-class residents. Since then, the word has been used, often pejoratively, to describe new development in urban areas that have suffered from disinvestment.

So what does gentrification mean in a city that has experienced extreme population loss over several decades? Is displacement even an issue in a place with thousands of abandoned homes and vacant properties? How do long-term residents feel about new residents and retail?