Law and Neighborhood Names
- Nestor Davidson, Albert A. Walsh Chair in Real Estate, Land Use, and Property Law; Faculty Director, Urban Law Center, Fordham University School of Law
- Dave Fagundes, Baker Botts LLP Professor of Law and Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, University of Houston Law Center
- Christopher Odinet, University of Oklahoma College of Law
From gentrification fights sparked by efforts to rename the southern part of Harlem as “SoHa,” to a successful community movement to change the name of the area once known as South Central to “South Los Angeles,” neighborhood names have long sparked controversy and are even leading to proposals for legal change. Conflicts over naming and renaming raise important questions about the legal dimensions of how neighborhoods form identity and protect that identity. This Webinar will explore a number of case studies of conflicts over neighborhood names and the implications for property lawyers and local government lawyers as well.