Echo Systems


Irlanda Beltran

Cities are constantly changing and evolving, sometimes at a rapid pace that can seem overwhelming. The impacts of these changes can be seen everywhere, from the architecture of neighborhoods to the makeup of their populations. Unfortunately, many of these changes are fueled by unjust policies that discriminate against low-income individuals and communities of color. This is a widespread problem that can be observed in cities across the United States and beyond.

Germination aims to explore the impact of gentrification on the city of Grand Rapids. Two distinct aesthetics showcase the stark contrast between the established communities that are being pushed out by rising property rates and the new developments that are taking their place. Through this speculative narrative, Germination offers a fictional representation of the alienating effects of gentrification and the devastating impact it can have on the lives of the individuals and families who call these neighborhoods home.
Photos by Irlanda Beltran

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