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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 …

Examples of gentrification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite this gentrification, so many at the party — people like Wilbur — had persevered and survived. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "When the coronavirus came to San Francisco’s Bayview, it attacked the heart of the historically black neighborhood: the elders," 15 May 2020 The Troutmans recall life before gentrification, when many of Indy's black residents lived along waterways in areas marked by segregation and neglect. Sarah Bowman, IndyStar, "The White River: Life was once much different in what is today the posh Canal District," 2 May 2020 Barris mutters about gentrification, origin stories, and black boxes. Shamira Ibrahim, The Atlantic, "You’ve Already Seen #BlackAF," 26 Apr. 2020 The phenomenon is known as climate gentrification, and its impact is deeply felt in Miami's immigrant populations. Taylor Mooney, CBS News, "Little Haiti residents forced from home again as climate change upends Miami real estate," 23 Mar. 2020 But when the city tried to close the space in 2011, neighborhood residents staged something of a squatters’ rebellion, serving free food and chanting anti-gentrification slogans, Mr. Hagemajer said. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "In Poland, Communist-Era Restaurants Are Perfect for the Moment," 21 Apr. 2020 In a nice bit of news, gentrification seems to have taken a short hiatus, but phone scammers are back on the job. Elaine Ayala,, "Ayala: A spring vacation turned into a surreal staycation," 28 Mar. 2020 Across the city in Shoreditch, a once-gritty East London neighborhood now synonymous with gentrification, the remains of a 16th-century Shakespearean playhouse called the Curtain Theatre will be incorporated into a new multipurpose development. Megan Gannon, Popular Science, "Archaeologists and construction workers are teaming up to unearth historic relics," 13 Apr. 2020 Nipsey was using his fame to revive Los Angeles, which over the years has suffered from displacement of POC because of gentrification, homelessness, and lack of economic opportunities for young people. Krysta Hawkins, Teen Vogue, "Nipsey Hussle's Music Forced Me to Chase My Dreams," 31 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of gentrification

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gentrification

gentry + -ification

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“Gentrification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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