Argumetive Essay On Gentrification

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I remember all the puzzling thoughts that were going through my head, as the TA spoke. "Gentrification? No that must not be true, it can 't be true! It was the first time in my lifetime that I 've ever heard of the word. How could have it been going on in Los Angeles? How can it still be happening in different communities? I 've lived in the Los Angeles County my whole life, I think I 'd know the word if it was happening to the communities that surrounded me. Maybe my TA and classmates were thinking of another county, because I think I would of heard of all this." I wrote down notes on the term, but I still didn’t believe that gentrification in Los Angeles occurred.
The following week, It was time for me to begin my Service Learning hours.
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It is the process of upgrading a community by remodeling and renewing the area. Gentrification usually brings affluent people into the community, and displaces minorities. At the moment, my belief of gentrification in the community surrounding Mark Twain Middle School was not a guarantee. My assumption was led by the race of the majority of the students that attended the middle school. The kids that I saw were mostly Hispanics and African-Americans. Seeing these students came to me as a surprise, because most people of these races are from the working and low-income …show more content…
I realized that the only way to confirm that these students did not live in the affluent area was to ask them. At the time I was assigned to TA a 8th grade mathematics class. It was the perfect class to get information from, because most of the students were going to attend high school the following year. I formed a question to ask the students, which was "What high school are you going to attend next year?" Knowing their response to the question was going to let me know an estimated distance to their home. I asked the question to a couple students in the classroom, the majority of the students said that they were going to attend "Alexander Hamilton High

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