Gentrification

Gentrification is a process of changing the character of a neighborhood through the influx of more affluent residents and businesses. It is a common and controversial topic in politics and in urban planning. Gentrification often increases the economic value of a neighborhood, but the resulting demographic change is frequently a cause of controversy. Gentrification often shifts a neighborhood’s racial/ethnic composition and average household income by developing new, more expensive housing and businesses in a gentrified architectural style and improving resources.

Poor Blacks and Blacks who are unable to afford increasing housing costs are being forced out of urban cities.  Below are some articles that speak to the topic of gentrification and the arguments for and in opposition.

Harlem, NY: https://www.humanityinaction.org/knowledge_detail/gentrification-and-displacement-in-harlem-how-the-harlem-community-lost-its-voice-en-route-to-progress/

 

Washington, DC:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/in-the-district-gentrification-means-widespread-displacement-report-says/2019/04/26/950a0c00-6775-11e9-8985-4cf30147bdca_story.html

 

Baltimore, MD:  https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/12/3/20992014/pilsen-gentrification-affordable-housing-chicago-public-schools-cps-ald-byron-sigcho-lopez-editorial

 

Atlanta, GA: https://patch.com/georgia/atlanta/gentrification-atlanta-see-areas-most-affected

 

Chicago, IL: https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/12/3/20992014/pilsen-gentrification-affordable-housing-chicago-public-schools-cps-ald-byron-sigcho-lopez-editorial

 

Do you have a complaint regarding housing, a landlord or situation where you are being forced out of your home?  Leave a comment below or contact us.

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