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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Recent Examples on the Web His ward stretched from downtown to affluent Georgetown and Shaw, a low-income neighborhood that has experienced gentrification. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "‘Pride of the nation’: Bon vivant DC Democrat resigns before corruption expulsion," 8 Jan. 2020 Wiener’s bill has raised fears among affordable-housing and community groups that a building spree could drive vulnerable Californians out of their homes by speeding up gentrification. Alexei Koseff,, "Scott Wiener tries to save SB50 housing bill with local control changes," 6 Jan. 2020 Other opponents of the warning sign policy said requiring high-cost seismic upgrades could foster gentrification. oregonlive, "Portland agrees to pay $350,000 settlement linked to lawsuit over earthquake warning signs," 20 Nov. 2019 Rising real estate values on the Lower East Side have accelerated neighborhood gentrification but also helped subsidize the project’s abundance of affordable housing and community services. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Essex Crossing Is the Anti-Hudson Yards," 7 Nov. 2019 Covering the Cole, Whittier and portions of Five Points and other Denver neighborhood, the ZIP code has seen rapid gentrification over the past few decades. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Denver communities putting more faith in land trusts amid affordable housing crisis," 8 July 2019 Just like Orlando’s MLS team, FC Cincinnati is building its stadium close to downtown in a poor, historically black neighborhood that’s suffered decades of neglect and is now undergoing gentrification. Sharon Coolidge,, "Orlando offers glimpse at FC Cincinnati soccer stadium future and the impact on a community," 31 May 2019 As a Broadway musical, In The Heights, shared the loves and losses of people living in a mostly Latin American neighborhood that was facing erasure through gentrification. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "How Women Will Fix the World," 12 Dec. 2019 Rhi said the coalition ramped up its anti-displacement and anti-gentrification organizing efforts in 2009 following the recession. NBC News, "Asian Americans facing high risk of displacement mobilize to fight back," 8 Dec. 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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14 Jan 2020

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“Gentrification.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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