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Definition of gentrification

: a process in which a poor area (as of a city) experiences an influx of middle-class or wealthy people who renovate and rebuild homes and businesses and which often results in an increase in property values and the displacement of earlier, usually poorer residents a neighborhood undergoing gentrification "This week, we're talking about gentrification. Middle-class people move in. Property values and rents rise. Things change and improve but not for everyone. …"— Lulu Garcia-Navarro Opposition is also stoked by fear of gentrification—displacement of longtime residents through higher rents or property taxes.— Steven Litt The construction of luxury housing and gentrification of neighborhoods is pushing families out of communities they have called home for years.— Heidi Romanish and David Snyder In an effort to keep gentrification from creeping in the same way into the 30th Ward … Jessica Gutierrez wants to keep a lid on property taxes and inform residents about affordable housing.— Alexandra Arriaga

Examples of gentrification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some advocates for low-income Washingtonians argue allowing private developers to build luxury units has a track record of creating gentrification, not more affordable housing. Washington Post, "D.C. is working on a futuristic plan: Less parking, taller buildings and a transformed city," 2 May 2021 The mural will use a combination of imagery and abstraction to make commentary on gentrification. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Creating a safe space for artists pushing boundaries," 1 May 2021 Ramirez, the panel’s co-chair, is hopeful a strong planning process will avert displacement or gentrification by addressing any potential concerns upfront. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "West Side residents hope creek restoration, more trails will revitalize community," 1 May 2021 The project follows a four-year federal review, lawsuits, and concerns by activists of possible gentrification. Adisa Hargett-robinson, ABC News, "With former President Barack Obama's library, Chicago's South Side plans big," 21 Apr. 2021 Conway said he was struck by Carter's grand prose in the court filing, which quoted Abraham Lincoln and traced the history of homelessness back through decades of redlining, containment, eminent domain, exclusionary zoning and gentrification. NBC News, "L.A. must offer shelter for homeless on Skid Row, judge orders," 21 Apr. 2021 The initiative will focus first on helping businesses in cities seeing intense gentrification, such as Washington, New York City, Chicago and San Francisco. Lorraine Mirabella,, "JPMorgan Chase invests $3 million in UMD initiative to prevent small business displacement," 9 Apr. 2021 This form of gentrification, zoning, and targeting cannot continue to scrub away neighborhood culture. Talia Smith, Harper's BAZAAR, "Concrete Cowboy Is a Fictional Story Based on a Real-Life Battle Against Gentrification," 5 Apr. 2021 MacGillis takes us on a tour of all kinds of effects—gentrification, small- business bankruptcy, poverty, death on the job—all concentrated wherever Amazon chooses to situate a certain kind of work. Sarah Leonard, The New Republic, "How Amazon Exploited a Weakened America," 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of gentrification

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gentrification

gentry + -ification

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“Gentrification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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