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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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 This has been one cause of the city's rapidly increasing rental and purchase prices for housing, gentrification and homelessness. USA TODAY, "Amazon 'disappointed' with controversial tax passed by Seattle City Council," 14 May 2018 East Cambridge, once a rough-around-the-edges first stop for new immigrants, has not been completely immune to the development pressures and gentrification that have transformedother neighborhoods. Katheleen Conti,, "In the shadow of large-scale developments, East Cambridge small businesses brace for impact," 10 May 2018 These days, gentrification and skyrocketing rents are threatening to drive the gay and leather crowd out of a neighborhood that’s now home to Airbnb, Twitter and high-end condos. NBC News, "San Francisco gives cultural status to leather, gay district," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of gentrification

1962, in the meaning defined above

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