CHANGING WORLD • • Method 1 - Commenting on a text & a cartoon


Stage 1 - Introduction: presenting the documents
Similarities: Both documents describe the renewal of the Bronx, on a local scale in New York City, the economic capital of the USA, a developed country.
Differences: The 1st document is an article about a redevelopment project by Jake Mooney from the New York Times and published on 24 July 2012 while the 2nd document is a poster by the Bronx documentary centre advertising the 1st annual Bronx gentrification conference which took place on Dec. 7, 2013.
Announce structure: In a 1st part I’ll focus on the necessity of renewal using the article & in a second part I’ll analyse its mixed impact with the article and the poster.

Stage 2 - Analysing the documents

DESCRIBING - What you see (docs)
INTERPRETING - What you know (notions)
1. A necessary regeneration (article)

P1 A deprived neighbourhood: 2 derelict industrial buildings & 1 tow station (eco) => wasteland (enviro), degraded housing & unsafe area (socio)

P2 & 3 The planned regeneration:
Shops (eco), quality housing for low and middle income (socio), gardens (enviro) + better transport links

A much-needed renewal:
former production space, manufacturing eco down & to urban fringe => inner city decay & deprivation => low SofL & QofL
A sustainable regeneration:
regeneration + sustainable (service jobs + inclusive mixed housing + public & green space) + more amenities & connectivity (commuting)

2. A mixed impact (end of article & poster)

Article P3 positive impact:
to improve commuting (local scale) and NYC image (global scale)
Poster drawing negative impact:
high-rise tower blocks knocked over by big fist with $ sign

+ impact: locally, residents with better QoL and globally NYC = global city

- impact: gentrification => low-income groups displaced, excluded => polarised city => tensions

Stage 3 - Concluding
Assess docs (reliable/biased justified): To To conclude, these documents are reliable (full references) and biased as the article promote renewal and the poster criticizes gentrification, so overall balanced (shows the + & -).
Sum-up ideas These documents show a changing inner city neighbourhood from urban blight to a renewal which doesn’t always benefit residents and creates tensions with affluent newcomers.
+ Open
Would this also be the case in another developed global city like London? .