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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.


English term for the process by which young professionals (gentry) buy into inner-city areas as part of a neighborhood preservation trend.


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.


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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Additionally, of course, a survey that examines a certain limited timeframe for neighborhoods excludes households displaced by earlier gentrification, as well as the exclusionary effect on households that will not move into the gentrified neighborhoods in the future.
For the most part the disagreement ensues because stakeholders view results of a gentrified neighborhood with different lenses.
2 million purchase of a renovated loft in lower Manhattan's rapidly gentrified NoHo neighborhood.
Few do stadium rock spectaculars with the aplomb of Chris Martin and his band of gentrified rockers.
Falkner Square has now been re-branded as the Georgian Quarter and has been quietly gentrified so no-one realises it is in Liverpool 8; when I played in there as a kid it was a dump.
The area has also slowly gentrified from an exclusively Italian American, working-class enclave to more of a mix of young professionals and families.
Plans for a pounds 70m marina development have split a Welsh community amid fears it could create a gentrified no-go zone for locals.
In Madrid, the Arganzuela district is undergoing a gradual renewal, in a now familiar pattern of a former industrial district close to the city centre gentrified through residential and commercial development.
The artist investigated a wide range of urban "quality of life" restrictions on the gentrified streets of several major cities, documenting "bum-free railings," "anticlimb devices," etc.
What often happens is that there are a lot of artists living in the area and then it becomes gentrified, and then the artists can't afford to live there anymore," she adds.