“Fallon Aidoo’s exploration of efforts to contest the reworking of spaces related to railroads that crossed class lines provides insight into how such coalitions can be forged.”
- Technology and Culture, 2018
The Right to the City: Rights-of-Way since the Civil Rights Acts (book & website currently in development):
An exploration of stewardship in, of and by communities on the margins of American urban history—from queer youth and hippy homesteaders to black homeowners associations and women architects. The project is primarily concerned with how the management and maintenance regimes of conservancies reinforce and transform race, gender, class, sexuality and disability.
The project focused initially on "friends groups," neighborhood associations and community trusts operating in Greater Philadelphia during the Civil Rights Era. It is now a study of claim-making and place-making throughout the Northeast Corridor over the long civil rights movement of urban minorities.
The project is based on critical race theories of environmental protection and the preservation of built environments, and it employs critical cartography and cultural geography of vacant property. Most importantly, however, the project relies on individuals and institutions with oral, visual and written records of stewardship, including the portfolios of professional preservationists, contributions to the Philadelphia History Truck and the Urban Archives of Temple University.