gen·tri·fi·ca·tion | \ ˌjen-trə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of gentrification 

: the process of repairing and rebuilding homes and businesses in a deteriorating area (such as an urban neighborhood) accompanied by an influx of middle-class or affluent people and that often results in the displacement of earlier, usually poorer residents a neighborhood undergoing gentrification After a long period of decline, a recent wave of gentrification has sparked a commercial resurgence along the street … —David McAninch … a free rally to "Take Back San Francisco," a daylong event protesting the gentrification of the city's lower-rent districts …

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Climate gentrification typically occurs via three main pathways, according to the study. Richard Florida, WIRED, "Climate Change Will Force the Poor From Their Homes," 13 July 2018 In the 1960s, gentrification lead to an exodus from Lincoln Park and a concentration in Humboldt Park. Morgan Greene,, "After viral video, a refresher course: 5 things to know about Puerto Rico," 10 July 2018 Our leaders must confront the affordable housing crisis and climate change/climate gentrification. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 Those who bemoan segregation and gentrification simultaneously risk contradiction. The Economist, "In praise of gentrification," 21 June 2018 Both events have fueled an ongoing conversation about race, gentrification and homelessness in the Bay Area and around the nation. Maya Eliahou And Justin Lear, CNN, "This jogger was caught throwing a homeless man's belongings into a lake. The community wasn't having it," 14 June 2018 Additionally, in the past decade alone downtown Phoenix has become the spot to be with the amount of urbanization/gentrification taking place in the area. Yihyun Jeong, azcentral, "Public sounds off on proposed Diamondbacks deal with Maricopa County," 7 May 2018 More San Francisco’s Mission District, historically a center of Latino activism and culture transformed in recent years by an influx of affluent residents, has been a contentious gentrification battleground. Laura Kusisto, WSJ, "As Cities Gentrify, Public and Private Efforts Sprout to Help Families Stay," 1 May 2018 After the proposal famously became a gentrification flashpoint and the local disagreement made national news, Trader Joe's pulled out. Elliot Njus,, "Natural Grocers to open on site Trader Joe's nixed amid gentrification controversy," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gentrification

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gentrification

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