Property, Personhood, and Police: Counter-Mapping Nuisance from Louisville to Los Angeles

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Event Description

Thinking, organizing, and mapping from Louisville, Kentucky and Los Angeles, California, this event explores how the policing of nuisance has become a tool for neighborhood transformation and racial banishment. As documented by the Root Cause Research Center, the death of Breonna Taylor in March 2020 was linked to a neighborhood policing program used to declare nuisance properties in Louisville’s gentrifying neighborhoods. In Los Angeles, the Citywide Nuisance Abatement Program (CNAP) has similarly been used as a tool for redevelopment as well as a means to increase surveillance in the city’s communities of color.


  • Josh Poe, Root Cause Research Center
  • Jessica Bellamy, Root Cause Research Center
  • Terra Graziani, UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy and Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (AEMP)
  • Pamela Stephens, UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy
Chaired by:
  • Ananya Roy, UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy

Visual notes by Abby VanMuijen:

Co-organized with Root Cause Research Center