Gentrification Of Urban Life More Inclusive And Creating Sustainable Communities

749 Words Nov 6th, 2016 3 Pages
Gentrification is described as the process of renovation and revival of deteriorated urban neighborhoods by means of influx of more affluent residents, which results in increased property values and the displacing of lower income families and small businesses, according to google. This term is usually seen as negative, but there are arguments for positive gentrification. In my personal experience, I have only read and seen negative things about gentrification because it supposedly displaces the poor and brings in the rich people, creating segregation between classes. But does it always? There are many arguments that this idea is a myth and that gentrification is actually making urban life more inclusive and creating sustainable communities. Let’s look at these differencing opinions.
As mentioned above, most people only know about the negative effects of gentrification. Some of these negative effects are that it displaces low income residents and creates socio-spatial segregation. Overall, it changes a neighborhood from lower-income, predominately black and Latino families to high-income predominately white families. Harlem and Chelsea in Manhattan, Wicker Park in Chicago and Williamsburg in Brooklyn are places where this kind of gentrification is extremely present, according to John Buntin in his article titled “The Myth of Gentrification.” Most of the poor residents are pushed out, but even if the poor are able to stay put after gentrification happens, they feel as if the…

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