from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The restoration and upgrading of deteriorated urban property by middle-class or affluent people, often resulting in displacement of lower-income people.
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- n. The process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces earlier usually poorer residents.
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- n. the restoration of run-down urban areas by the middle class (resulting in the displacement of low-income residents)
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But he makes no bones about why: "It's what you call gentrification," he says.
I lived the bulk of my life on these tough-but-safe streets long before the word "gentrification" entered the Park Slope lexicon, using this subway station as my gateway to the wide world.
Several people connected the decline in passion to what they described as a gentrification of the fan base.
Actually, the effect of a couplet and going upscale with gentrification is a displacement of existing small-business jobs out of the area - the factors are the costs of rent increasing, more difficulty locating the business and parking, and lower traffic counts due to the one-way splitting.
Wouldn't it be more moral, more satisfying if the definition of gentrification could embrace people along with physical locations?
I wanted to make sure I was not out of my mind, so I looked up the definition of gentrification: "the buying and renovation of houses and stores in deteriorated urban neighborhoods by upper- or middle-income families or individuals..."
The process of gentrification is yet another economic evidence that the location value of the neighborhood is higher in the hands of skilled than unskilled residents, if only the population composition would change.
Granted, gentrification is an obstacle but one that can be overcome by innovative ideas like urban cottages.
STEWART: When I say the word gentrification, what comes to mind for you?
Someone explain to me why gentrification is such a bad thing ...