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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There are also signs of culinary gentrification as well. Christopher Muther,, "New England’s best beach town? Globe readers pick Narragansett, R.I.," 23 May 2018 But many are concerned about gentrification, rising housing costs, and an overall lack of transparency in the application process. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Amazon’s HQ2 likely headed to Arlington, Virginia, and Long Island City, New York," 3 May 2018 But other cities are also dealing with gentrification and haven't lost riders as much as Charlotte has. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte has been losing transit riders faster than any other large U.S. city | Charlotte Observer," 1 May 2018 Chicago residents got a say on gentrification and cannabis, among other public health issues, in the Illinois primary elections that garnered an estimated 30 percent turnout rate on Tuesday. Jacqueline Serrato, Hoy, "Chicagoans have spoken: they want rent control, legal weed, and gun restrictions," 22 Mar. 2018 The concern, of course, is that Amazon’s arrival will accelerate the gentrification process. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Amazon’s Arrival Leaves Long Island City’s Cultural Future in Question," 19 Nov. 2018 There are a handful of awkward Trump jokes and typical gentrification gags before the show eases into gear, skewering the reality of the workplace for women while satirizing the pop-culture fantasy of the workplace for women. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Bleak Truths of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," 31 May 2018 Those of you that reasonably objected to having a soccer stadium leading the gentrification march into your neighborhood: Ready to don that FC Cincinnati scarf? Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: How will you feel when FC Cincinnati stadium saga ends?," 17 Apr. 2018 In the end, perhaps the real villain was gentrification all along. Constance Grady, Vox, "Jonathan Lethem’s Feral Detective is a mess. But it’s a fun mess.," 27 Nov. 2018

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1962, in the meaning defined above

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