Derek Hyra, Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Metropolitan Policy Center at American University, has a new book coming out. Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City is an in-depth ethnography of Washington, DC's Shaw/U Street neighborhood. Hyra captures here a quickly gentrifying space, in which long-time black residents are joined, and variously displaced, by an influx of young, white, relatively wealthy, and/or gay professionals who, in part as a result of global economic forces and the recent development of central business districts, have returned to the cities earlier generations fled decades ago. As a result, America is witnessing the emergence of what Hyra calls "cappuccino cities." A cappuccino has essentially the same ingredients as a cup of coffee with milk, but is considered upscale, and is double the price. In Hyra's cappuccino city, the black inner-city neighborhood undergoes enormous transformations and becomes racially "lighter" and more expensive by the year. See what other urban scholars are saying about his work here,