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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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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 But many are concerned about gentrification, rising housing costs, and an overall lack of transparency in the application process. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Amazon’s HQ2 likely headed to Arlington, Virginia, and Long Island City, New York," 3 May 2018 But other cities are also dealing with gentrification and haven't lost riders as much as Charlotte has. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte has been losing transit riders faster than any other large U.S. city | Charlotte Observer," 1 May 2018 Chicago residents got a say on gentrification and cannabis, among other public health issues, in the Illinois primary elections that garnered an estimated 30 percent turnout rate on Tuesday. Jacqueline Serrato, Hoy, "Chicagoans have spoken: they want rent control, legal weed, and gun restrictions," 22 Mar. 2018 The concern, of course, is that Amazon’s arrival will accelerate the gentrification process. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Amazon’s Arrival Leaves Long Island City’s Cultural Future in Question," 19 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of gentrification

1962, in the meaning defined above

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