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the rehabilitation and settlement of decaying urban areas by middle- and high-income people. Beginning in the 1970s and 80s, higher-income professionals, drawn by low-cost housing and easier access to downtown business areas, renovated deteriorating buildings in many cities, reversing what had been an outmigration of upper-income families and individuals from many urban areas. This led to the rebirth of some neighborhoods and a rise in property values, but it also caused displacement problems among poorer residents, many of them elderly and unable to afford higher rents and taxes.
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English term for the process by which young professionals (gentry) buy into inner-city areas as part of a neighborhood preservation trend.
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the renovation and upgrading of buildings, either by programmes of planned urban regeneration or as a result of purchasing decisions made by higher-earning, white-collar, professional and managerial individuals intent on modernizing cheap, dilapidated property in previously unfashionable urban areas. Whether gentrification is planned or unplanned, the poorer sections of the community are often displaced or their needs discounted. The process is also sometimes known as urban recycling.
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The upgrading of urban property in a deteriorated area, usually resulting in the dispersal of the current residents and their replacement by a more affluent population.
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This goes against the common theory that gentrification causes the most vulnerable individuals to be forced out of their neighborhoods.
In District Six, for instance, it has introduced 10-year rates windows to stem gentrification on condition that qualifying residents cannot rent out or transfer property to third parties.
Nemeth's view is that identifying these 'at-risk' areas is a crucial first step in designing policies that can prevent gentrification. 'I am so tired of the argument that this is the market and we have no power,' he says.
While measuring and predicting gentrification is not an exact science, there are several indicators that are associated with the process, including rising house prices and earnings, decreasing deprivation and changes to social class in an area.
When neighborhoods gentrify, politicians and policymakers often point to physical and economic improvements and the better quality of life for residents in an area after gentrification. For example in 1985, during a period of intense urban renewal in New York City, the Real Estate Board of New York took out advertisements in The New York Times to claim that "( neighborhoods and lives blossom " under gentrification.
While experts may be in agreement that displacement is one of the more harmful consequences of gentrification, steps to fix and address gentrification and its effects often don't occur until after an area has been gentrified, attendees at Monday night's meeting noted.
There is a scene in the second episode in which you see Mari railing against "gentrification fence," the horizontal wood slat fences that have become an architectural symbol of gentrification.
I draw from interviews conducted with COEP activists (4) and social media content (produced by COEP, other Edgewood Park residents, and local developers) to demonstrate how local activism against gentrification is a taxing struggle, but one that holds the promise of empowering individuals to resist even in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.
Hyra studied gentrification in Washington, D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood.
Together, the quartet provided their takes on not only working in their respective industries, but the struggles involved in preservation of existing communities and cultures in the face of ongoing gentrification. For McCoy, who grew up in Parkrose, in Northeast Portland, it meant carving out his own path into his desired field.
The "gentrification" phenomenon unfolding in many American cities shows no signs of abating, as "gentrifiers" move into deteriorated urban neighborhoods, renovate homes, start new businesses, and pave the way for other people of higher incomes to follow.