Block Talk: Redlining and Gentrification Unveiled (includes audio story)

Block Talk: Redlining and Gentrification Unveiled delves into the intricate tapestry of Miami’s neighborhoods. From the historic heart of Little Havana to the vibrant streets of Wynwood, the podcast explores how these factors shape the city’s landscape and affect its locals. Join us as we listen to insightful interviews, dive deep into local data, shed light on the challenges faced by longtime residents, dissect the dynamics of displacement, and explore the potential paths toward equitable revitalization.

Episode 1

Rodney Jacobs, executive director for the City of Miami Civilian Investigative Panel and adjunct professor at Florida International University, joins our host Dylan Harris. Together, they uncover truths about redlining and gentrification through conversations with the people and experts of Miami. Rodney is a candidate for Florida’s State Senate District 35 in the upcoming election. To learn more about his campaign and platform, visit his website.

Episode 2

Christopher Zavala, a resident of Liberty City, joins our host Dylan Harris for a discussion on the complex dynamics observed in gentrified neighborhoods. Zavala has an intimate understanding of how redlining and gentrification impact communities and uncovers the historical marginalization and ongoing displacement struggles Liberty City faces. Together, they delve into the rich tapestry of Miami’s neighborhoods and seek to understand the challenges residents face in urban transformation.

Dylan Harris is a junior FIU student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Digital Communications/Broadcasting. He was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. His passion for broadcasting and digital communications started very young because of his passion for media worldwide. He enjoys making sports podcasts about recent sports news. Dylan looks forward to achieving his goal of being able to work for 7 News in the Broadcasting section.

Elizabeth Salazar is a senior FIU student pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Communication and Multimedia. She is a South Florida-based freelance fashion photographer with 5+ years of experience. She enjoys video editing as well as being part of film productions. She hopes to one day be able to work alongside a team to create meaningful visual stories.

Gabriela Jelisse Fuentes Villafañe was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She moved to the United States when she was 12 years old. She is currently majoring in Broadcast Journalism, concentrating in Spanish. She hopes to be part of big Latino TV channels like Univision or Telemundo.