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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Since then, she has been accepted to Harvard and even ran for city council at 19 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to tackle gentrification and income inequality in the area. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "How one woman is trying to end period stigma and the “tampon tax”," 18 Oct. 2018 The list of nine demands, sparked by a financial aid scandal, calls for the resignation of the college president and board members, as well as seven other demands – from specialized counseling to combating gentrification, FOX5 reported. Caleb Parke, Fox News, "Howard students occupy campus building, demand gender, sex, police changes due to 'systemic oppression'," 2 Oct. 2018 But Philbin fears that the city’s allure for artists — many of whom studied at local schools -- is now threatened by rising rents and creeping gentrification, factors that in other cities, notably New York and San Francisco, pushed artists away. Jeffrey Fleishman,, "Ann Philbin and the art of the provocative are thriving at the Hammer Museum," 15 June 2018 Through gentrification and the violence of displacement, anti-Blackness terraforms Black communities into white ones, and working-class communities into spaces for wealthy elites. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "TEACHING FOR BLACK LIVES," 10 July 2018 At a City Hall hearing earlier this month, critics charged that the plan would fuel gentrification and lead to displacement of black residents as rents surged. Emily Alpert Reyes,, "City Council approves hotly contested overhaul of South L.A. mall," 27 June 2018 Long one of the largest surviving butchers in the Meatpacking District, DeBragga bowed to gentrification in 2011 and decamped to New Jersey. Ruth Reichl, Town & Country, "The Best Hamburgers Start with Dry-Aged Beef," 28 May 2018 Some residents have expressed concern that the project will lead to gentrification and displacement in the surrounding communities. Lolly Bowean,, "Obama Presidential Center gets green light from full City Council," 23 May 2018 All the candidates said that gentrification and homelessness, issues which disproportionately hurt people of color, were at the top of their priority lists. Molly Harbarger,, "New Multnomah County commissioner elected; Deborah Kafoury wins re-election; auditor's race heads for run-off," 15 May 2018

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1962, in the meaning defined above

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