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Black in Place: The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City

Brandi Thompson Summers


While Washington, D.C., is still often referred to as “Chocolate City,” it has undergone significant demographic, political, and economic change in the last decade. In D.C., no place represents this shift better than the H Street corridor. In this book, Brandi Thompson Summers documents D.C.’s shift to a “post-chocolate” cosmopolitan metropolis by charting H Street’s economic and racial developments. In doing so, she offers a theoretical framework for understanding how blackness is aestheticized and deployed to organize landscapes and raise capital. Summers focuses on the continuing significan ... More

Keywords: Blackness/Race, Gentrification, Aesthetics, Washington, D.C, Black Geographies, Urbanism, Economic development, Urban planning, Political economy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469654010
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654010.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brandi Thompson Summers, author
University of California, Berkeley