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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 …

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There are some real-life lessons about gentrification tucked into this story, but what resonates most is the pleasure of Arturo’s immensely likable voice. Monitor Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Lively narrators, rich context make these middle-grade books shine," 18 June 2018 Like the Mission District before it, many of the Bayview’s working-class residents are being pushed out of their neighborhoods by surging development and gentrification. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF cultural districts gain footing in preserving neighborhoods’ heritage," 20 May 2018 But Rotterdam has welcomed gentrification in a desperate attempt to leave its harbor-city image behind. Olga Mecking, The Atlantic, "‘Cargo-Bike Moms’ Are Gentrifying the Netherlands," 11 June 2018 Such amounts still pale with the scale of the US economy and critics worry the plan may only reshuffle where the poor and jobless live by speeding up gentrification in areas already on the upswing. Howard Schneider, The Christian Science Monitor, "As US jobs market grows, cities look to support those left behind," 9 May 2018 Some critics say the upzones would worsen the look of neighborhoods and could exacerbate gentrification, while proponents say more market-rate and low-income apartments are needed to combat that very problem. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle City Council starts debate on upzones; here’s how neighborhoods across the city would be affected," 8 Jan. 2019 The lawmakers, who both represent Long Island City, have also raised concerns about traffic and neighborhood gentrification. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Not Just NIMBYism: Amazon’s HQ2 Opponents Dig In for Long Fight," 31 Dec. 2018 Still, celebrities on YouTube are a bit of a touchy subject within the creator community, with many seeing the arrival of A-listers as a sign of digital gentrification within YouTube’s culture. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Jack Black is launching a new YouTube channel mostly dedicated to gaming," 26 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of gentrification

1962, in the meaning defined above

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