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

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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Zero Hour’s Miami Climate Summit will serve as an act of resistance against rising sea levels, the destructive red tide, and gentrification in the Magic City. Rachel Janfaza, Teen Vogue, "Zero Hour's Youth Climate Summit Is Coming to Miami to Spotlight the Threat of Rising Sea Levels," 9 July 2019 As Inslee prepared to embark on his walking tour of Little Haiti, joining local activists to talk about gentrification caused by climate change, Air Force Two was touching down just miles away., "In Miami, the Democratic debate circus begins well before the candidates take the stage," 26 June 2019 According to Open Signal, the films cover topics including law enforcement, African identity, music, fashion and gentrification. Bishop C. Knight | For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "6 emerging black filmmakers will show their work at Open Signal screening," 11 June 2019 The months-long imbroglio ignited conversations about gentrification, the fate of neighborhood schools and whether the city was doing enough to ensure that students of color are experiencing the benefits of living in a booming city. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "Banneker and Shaw: Was the fight really about gentrification?," 10 June 2019 Occasionally there are worries about gentrification. John Horgan, The Mercury News, "Horgan: Times change: Entrance/exit fee for East Palo Alto?," 5 June 2019 The festival also seeks to draw attention to how artists are being pushed out of San Francisco and the Mission in particular amid the runaway gentrification of the neighborhood and the city. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "‘Above Ground’ spotlights the kind of new theater under threat in SF," 27 June 2019 In this country, people who are defined by a cuisine can achieve economic mobility and do not feel the same effects of gentrification. Shauna Stuart |,, "Chef Todd Richards on empowering chefs to better understand soul food," 21 June 2019 What this inevitably leads to, though, is appropriation, a cousin of gentrification. Collier Meyerson, WIRED, "The Last Black Man Searches for ‘Authenticity’ but There Is None," 6 June 2019

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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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