Blights Out

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Blights Out is a collective of artists, activists, and architects in New Orleans who seek to demystify and democratize the system of housing development and expose the policies that lead to gentrification.
A sprawling white “hipster” is memorialized against a backdrop of romanticized visions of blight in a mural that dominates an intersection in the historically Black 7th Ward in New Orleans.

The Cultural Ramifications of Gentrification in New Orleans

Gentrification is not just physical displacement; it’s cultural appropriation across entire neighborhoods. Artists have an obligation not to participate.