What is Hotboxing

Gentrification is systematic, predictable and preventable. Based on what I've heard from everyone I have spoken to and the research I have done on this topic, I am absolutely convinced when we grow our knowledge about hotboxing we will find ways to take action and end gentrification altogether. I welcome you to leave a comment with your own thoughts and stories about hotboxing, or email me at jonathan@blexitmn.org if you are interested in writing an article for this website.

Note: If you are interested in more in-depth look at hotboxing, which I hope you are, please click here to read research paper I developed at the University of Minnesota in 2017.

Let's get started

I’ll be posting a lot of information, thoughts and opinions about hotboxing in the coming weeks and months. For now, I thought a brief, simple explanation of hotboxing is the right place to start. Don’t you agree? Hotboxing impacts just about everyone we know, so let’s get more familiar with the concept, starting with the basics.

Hotboxing Basics

Let’s start with the basics of what hotboxing is and why that matters. Think of how people like you and me choose where we want to live. Usually, we want to live near family, school, or work. And we probably want to live somewhere we can afford that is safe, has some good schools, and has a culture that makes us feel at home. All these wants seem reasonable, don’t they? Hotboxing is about people and power. It’s specifically about the power people have to choose where they want to live. I believe that people should have the power to choose where they want to live. Hotboxing explains how people’s power to choose where they want to live is systematically taken away and given to the larger society, and that should matter to anyone who believes in personal freedom and the right to self-determination.

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Let's Talk About Hotboxing

It was the summer of 2017 when Me’Lea Connelly and I had an intense conversation about how we’ve observed, repeatedly, Black folks being displaced from their homes and neighborhoods. We knew that Blexit’s paradigmatic organizing strategy paired with economic resistance could create real alternatives to gentrification, but we also knew that gentrification was an oversimplification of the displacement happening to our friends and neighbors. Hotboxing, as Me’Lea described, is a concept that demonstrated how gentrification was the result of a process that was repeated time and again.

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