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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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Furthermore, interesting patterns emerge when I compare changes in the credit scores of the residents of neighborhoods that gentrified to those that did not gentrify, based upon whether the residents had a mortgage in 2001.
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.
There is much debate as to the value of a gentrified neighborhood, where higher income households displace lower income residents, often changing the character and flavor of the neighborhood.
Hannibal Square, a busy intersection on the gentrified west side of style-conscious Winter Park, Fla., proved a choice spot for the neighborhood's newest mixed-use building.
Meanwhile, we'll see more and more gentrification of the United States - more private schools, more people living in very special gated communities, and moving toward a gated, gentrified health care system.
In recent years decrepit cities looking for new revenue and a symbol of hope have gentrified their waterfront wharfs and warehouses with great fanfare.
Though Spike Lee once went on a now (in) famous rant earlier this year about the relentless gentrification of Brooklyn, he long ago decamped the borough for a pedigreed townhouse on the historically gentrified Upper East Side that's currently listed for a hugely reduced $24.5 million after first being heaved on the market almost a year and a half ago at $32 million.
Among specific topics are spatial and social boundaries in gentrified neighborhoods, Slovak retail facilities in the postwar period, selected problems in using round timber in building structures, the Czech countryside and small production facilities, and the automobile in the disposition of energy-saving houses.
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.
"So if we look historically at the Lower East Side, you saw signs of gentrification in the early 1980s, but it was not until several real estate cycles later that it solidly became a gentrified primary market.
The area has also slowly gentrified from an exclusively Italian American, working-class enclave to more of a mix of young professionals and families.