Derek Hyra

Derek Hyra is associate professor and founding director of the Metropolitan Policy Center in the School of Public Affairs at American University. He is completing a forthcoming book on Washington, D.C.’s Shaw/U Street neighborhood, Making the Gilded Ghetto: Race, Class and Politics in the Cappuccino City, which addresses micro-level segregation and political and cultural displacement in this racially diverse, mixed-income neighborhood. Additionally, he edited (with Sabiyha Prince) Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality in Washington, D.C., and authored The New Urban Renewal: The Economic Transformation of Harlem and Bronzeville.

Addressing Social Segregation in Mixed-Income Communities

In some newly created mixed-income, mixed-race communities, we are witnessing “diversity segregation,” where people of different backgrounds, races, ethnicities, and incomes live next to one another but not alongside one another.
Front of Wanda's Hair Salon in DC's Shaw neighborhood

Equitable Development in Shaw

A recent New York Times article on the revitalization of Washington, DC’s Shaw neighborhood highlighted how real estate developers have rebranded the area to...