gen·​tri·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌjen-trə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce gentrification (audio)
: 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 Olympic historians say the hype can distract residents from downsides for other hosts, such as gentrification, corruption, rising taxes or empty promises of environmental improvements. Hannah Schoenbaum, Quartz, 10 Apr. 2024 Stories about traffic, speeding, redevelopment, gentrification, school rezoning and more. Steve Coffman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 Apr. 2024 In that time, he’s seen gentrification spread to areas like Temescal and Mosswood but stop abruptly at the highway. Ethan Varian, The Mercury News, 18 Mar. 2024 Despite its success and fiercely committed community, due to gentrification, the event is set to lose its venue. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 14 Mar. 2024 The area has experienced challenges, broadly with gentrification and more specifically with the disruption caused by the construction of the OC Transportation Authority’s $509-million rail project. Sarah Mosqueda, Los Angeles Times, 27 Feb. 2024 Without that protection, our community will be at the mercy of gentrification. Sam Kmack, The Arizona Republic, 10 Feb. 2024 Last week, The New York Times published a timeline of how gentrification has changed Williamsburg. José Criales-Unzueta, Vogue, 9 Feb. 2024 As is the story across New York City, crime peaked in Harlem in the late 1980s and 1990s, and gentrification continues to rewrite the neighborhood’s story, block by block. Debra Kamin, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History


gentry + -ification

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gentrification was in 1964

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“Gentrification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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