Rising Tides and Ebbing Hopes

Climate Gentrification in Marginalized Communities


Miami, FL

The displacement of low-income citizens in urban communities as a result of rising housing prices is a phenomenon widely examined as gentrification. However, as climate change impacts the geography of the continental United States and reshapes coastlines, it also drives patterns of urban development that impact housing prices in urban centers. Recent academic studies have analyzed this phenomenon of “climate gentrification” and have linked its consequences to the global city determined most at risk from sea-level rise: Miami, Florida. This trip aspires to understand the practical effects of climate gentrification on low-income residents in Miami and the future of affordable housing in a city that is continuing to adapt to the consequences of climate change. This trip also aims to examine the impacts of recent natural disasters in short-term and long-term urban planning. Through community partners, we will examine the cross-section of economic and social displacement resulting from climate change and better understand our role as residents of a warming planet.




Trip Leader Nathan PolandNathan Poland '20

Nathan is a junior from Rockville, MD. He is studying African American Studies and pursuing certificates in Statistics and Machine Learning and Spanish and Portuguese. On campus, he is an RCA in Rockefeller College and a Fellow at the Carl A. Fields Center. Off-campus, Nathan volunteers for the Petey Greene In-Prison Tutoring Program and the Princeton Re-entry and Employment Preparation Program. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar and designing overly-elaborate study breaks with Mahishan.




Trip Leader Mahishan GnanaseharanMahishan Gnanaseharan '20

Mahishan hails from the small island-nation of Sri Lanka but is a proud resident of West Orange, New Jersey. At Princeton, he is a junior in the Politics department and is pursuing certificates in African American Studies and South Asian Studies. On campus, he is a Peer Academic Adviser in Rockefeller College, a core tutor with El Centro, a member of the University Press Club and a member of Princeton Mock Trial. Whenever he’s not running around campus, he enjoys making mix CDs and baking pastries with Nathan.