540WMain Communiversity Gentrification Conference

540WMain Communiversity Gentrification Conference




Rochester, NY (October 17, 2018) – On Saturday October 20th, 540WMain Communiversity will host the fall edition of its bi-annual gentrification conference.

The theme for the fall edition is “Who are the gentrified.”The day long event will be centered around the testimonials of three community members that have been personally displaced or negatively impacted by City development and gentrification and

comes on the heels of a spring conference that took place in March.

The conference will be facilitated by 540WMain Founder Calvin Eaton and Shane Weigand of the City Roots Community Land Trust (both also serve as conference co-founders) through community led panel discussions, lecture, and small group break out sessions. Participants will be encouraged to expand their thinking, expand

stereotypes and share ideas on how to promote development without displacement collectively and individually.

The conference will start at 10 AM and will be held at the Thomas P. Ryan Community Center at 500 Webster Avenue. ASL interpreting will be provided all day. Tickets are $6.

For more information and to register; visit the website www.540gentrificationroc.org or email info540westmain@gmail.com

About 540WMain Communiversity

540WMain Communiversity is a grassroots non-profit communiversity with a mission to enrich the Susan

B. Anthony neighborhood as well as connect greater Rochester to the region through art, education, &

wellness classes and events designed for children & adults.

About City Roots Community Land Trust

The City Roots Community Land Trust’s mission is to permanently preserve affordability in Rochester,

New York through community owned and managed land, to empower neighbors, and to bridge

socioeconomic divisions in order to secure development without displacement.

540WMain Communiversity
to hold second gentrification conference
Media Contact:
Shane Wiegand
October 17, 2018