The Expansion Of The Inner Suburbs Essay

1602 Words Oct 20th, 2016 7 Pages
Melbourne, Australia, is synonymous with progressivism, over-priced coffee, and a sleek upwardly mobile generation of so called ‘hipsters’ who are looking for anything with a bohemian vibe, have flooded the city and come to dominate the surrounding suburbs of Fitzroy, Carlton, and Kensington. Areas that used to have a demographic that consisted of predominantly white working-class factory workers, the people that Marx would define as the proletariat, those who owned no means of production, whose only value they had was the ability to sell their labour, had now been replaced with middle to upper class professionals and families. The subsequent gentrification of these inner suburbs has changed the landscape of Melbourne entirely; the working class is being both physically and culturally displaced, pushed to the fringes of society, this phenomena is not only restricted to Melbourne however, and we can see it taking place across the developed world . The working class have been pushed out of the housing market in the inner suburbs, their ability to access education has been severely impacted , and their culture has either been removed entirely because it didn’t fit into the new atheistic, or it has been appropriated by those who seek to romanticise it.
To understand the issues caused by gentrification, we first need to understand what is meant by this term, gentrification is a term used in planning, urban development and sociology to describe the phenomenon that occurs when a…

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