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Definition of gentrification

: a process in which a poor area (as of a city) experiences an influx of middle-class or wealthy people who renovate and rebuild homes and businesses and which often results in an increase in property values and the displacement of earlier, usually poorer residents a neighborhood undergoing gentrification "This week, we're talking about gentrification. Middle-class people move in. Property values and rents rise. Things change and improve but not for everyone. …"— Lulu Garcia-Navarro Opposition is also stoked by fear of gentrification—displacement of longtime residents through higher rents or property taxes.— Steven Litt The construction of luxury housing and gentrification of neighborhoods is pushing families out of communities they have called home for years.— Heidi Romanish and David Snyder In an effort to keep gentrification from creeping in the same way into the 30th Ward … Jessica Gutierrez wants to keep a lid on property taxes and inform residents about affordable housing.— Alexandra Arriaga

Examples of gentrification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anxiety over rising property values and the specter of gentrification likely propelled Teri Castillo, a substitute teacher and political organizer, to win the open District 5 seat held by Gonzales, who backed Castillo’s opponent. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, 12 June 2021 But the show is cleareyed about Harlem’s contemporary, conflicted reality as a cultural beacon for Black people that has also become a site of gentrification. Kovie Biakolo, New York Times, 7 June 2021 Some parts of town in midst of gentrification are still very raw. Geoffrey Woo, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2021 Flag this story as the gateway reporting for the heartbreaking tales of gentrification yet to come. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 21 May 2021 The novel is at once a page-turning thriller and an insightful morality tale that examines the devastating consequences of gentrification on the working class, especially in Portland. oregonlive, 2 Apr. 2021 Paul worries his family has lost vital cultural connections, and as more young professionals move into the neighborhood, Jim and Jackie face the realities of gentrification. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2021 That is the legacy of divestment in the community; the auctions and new development a sign of gentrification. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, 29 Mar. 2021 Ron Daniels, founder and president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, has urged cities like Atlanta to view the impact of gentrification as an existential and immediate threat to Black culture. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of gentrification

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gentrification

gentry + -ification

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23 Jun 2021

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“Gentrification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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