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Should gentrification be stopped?

Gentrification is a process that dramatically alters local neighborhoods. One of the primary changes linked to gentrification is the displacement of people as more affluent residents and businesses arrive, oftentimes forcing lower income residents and small businesses to leave. Gentrification occurs predominantly in large cities, but small towns can also face this kind of rapid development and change. For some, these changes are seen as improvements to historically disinvested areas. Others see gentrification as a negative process that displaces poorer residents and adversely affects local communities. Should gentrification be stopped?


What I Hear When You Say: Gentrification

As Seas Rise, Miami’s Black Communities Fear Displacement From The High Ground

East Austin Restaurant Owner On Gentrification: 'It Ain't About The Black Or White Or Mexican'

Additional resources to think about

Gentrification's Roots In Segregation And How Communities Respond
An article from PBS with multimedia explanations of gentrification's history, roots, and connection to segregation and racism.

Study: Gentrification And Cultural Displacement Most Intense In America’s Largest Cities, And Absent From Many Others
Explore a 2019 study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition about the issue of gentrification and its effects on communities.

There Goes the Neighborhood
Discover NPR’s podcast about gentrification, There Goes the Neighborhood.

As Gentrification Spreads, Tensions Start to Mount
Watch a short documentary about the gentrification of Jersey City.

The Uprooted Project | University of Texas
Learn about an anti-displacement project at the University of Texas.

Gentrification Explained
Explore research about gentrification by the Urban Displacement Project at University of California, Berkeley.


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Should gentrification be stopped?

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