gentrification conference

gentrification conference

an annual conference designed to unpack and discuss the topic of gentrification in the City of Rochester.

what to expect for the 2023 conference

This year’s theme is Heal, Resist, Reform, Build: Preventing Displacement & Nurturing Thriving Communities.

This conference is a unique 2-day opportunity for community members, artists, healers, activists, policymakers, academics, and other stakeholders to come together and engage in a meaningful dialogue about the impact of gentrification on our communities. We aim to explore strategies for preventing displacement and creating vibrant, thriving communities where everyone can live, work, and play.

Through keynote speeches, panel discussions, and interactive workshops, we will examine the root causes of gentrification and explore ways to resist and reform the systems that perpetuate it. We will also highlight successful community-driven initiatives that have prevented displacement and fostered economic, social, and cultural development.

keynote speakers

community activists will speak on housing injustice & resistance

panels and breakout learning sessions

community engaged discussions and panels on the topic of gentrification

community fair

a fair with community groups that are reforming and building new ways to envision housing as a human right. held at an outdoor location with food trucks and activities for kids.

get involved

At the 2023 Gentrification Conference, we are committed to creating a positive, uplifting atmosphere where participants can share their experiences, learn from one another, and leave with actionable ideas for creating change in their own communities. Join us as we work together to heal, resist, reform, and build a future where all of us can thrive.

it starts with equitable collaboration.

The 540WMain-City Roots Community Land Trust Gentrification Conference was founded in 2018 by Calvin Eaton, Founding Director of 540WMain & Shane Wiegand of City Roots Community Land Trust. The annual conference is designed to unpack and discuss the topic of gentrification in the City of Rochester.

2023 conference details

This year’s conference is a 2-day event spanning Friday, October 13th from 4-7pm and Saturday, October 14th from 10am to 4pm. Both days will be hosted at School of the Arts. If you have any immediate questions or inquiries, please feel free to reach out to us at

community changemakers

Thank you to our conference sponsors:

National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology 

community builders

Thank you to our conference sponsors:

Common Ground Health
Center for Community Engagement, University of Rochester
The Frederick Douglass Institute, University of Rochester
Barbara J. Burger iZone, University of Rochester Libraries

community healers

Thank you to our conference sponsors:

Climate Solutions Accelerator
Showing Up for Racial Justice, Rochester Chapter (SURJ Roc)

food donations

Thank you to those that sponsored the conference through food donations:

Red Fern
Salena’s Mexican Restaurant
Ugly Duck Coffee
Petit Poutinerie
Abundance Food Co-op
Gift Card Sponsors:
New City Cafe
Cheesy Eddies
Effortlessly Healthy