gen·​tri·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌjen-trə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce gentrification (audio) \

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 Urban planning experts, however, worry that this would instead lead to gentrification of the city. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 22 Apr. 2022 Color images documenting the gentrification of Harlem were a recent iteration of his long connection with the community. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, 14 Dec. 2021 And the gentrification of Harlem is part of the story here too. Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2021 After leaving the shop in 2017, when gentrification of the area caused rent to skyrocket from $3,500 to $8,500, the duo reunited during the pandemic, propelling what Dillard calls Harlem's first mobile barbershop. Samantha Chaney, CNN, 14 Oct. 2021 Locals have also raised concerns about possible gentrification of surrounding neighborhoods as a result of the project. Carlie Porterfield, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 One of the policy goals was to prevent the gentrification of San Francisco neighborhoods. Star Tribune, 3 July 2021 OnlyFans was perfectly positioned to become a housebound population’s go-to source for explicit material because of what is called the gentrification of the internet. New York Times, 18 May 2021 The city’s theaters have been handsomely upgraded and improved over the past 20 years, but the attendant gentrification of city neighborhoods has barely registered as a theme on those stages. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of gentrification

1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gentrification

gentry + -ification

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18 May 2022

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“Gentrification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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