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gentrification

the revitalisation of lower-class city districts

TRANSLATION

gentrification = Aufwerten eines heruntergekommenen Stadtteils wobei viele Anwohner mit niedrigem Einkommen vertrieben werden

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

Mixed Feelings as GENTRIFICATION Changes Harlem ...

(New York Times)

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The cafe campaigners say they are fighting against the area's GENTRIFICATION - fearing the cafe site will be used for luxury flats.

(BBC News)

Did you
know?

gentrification
noun

- the restoration and upgrading of deteriorated urban property by middle-class or affluent people, often resulting in the displacement of lower-income people

verb
gentrify

(American Heritage Dictionary)

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DID YOU KNOW?

Historically, the term "gentry" referred to English landowners, a class of people ranked just below nobility. Today, it usually refers to the upper-middle class. As young, single professionals returned to the cities to live, the English referred to the process as "gentrification." Their occupations are generally professional, technical, or managerial.

Gentrification can be viewed two ways as seen in the following definitions:

- the conversion, over a period of years, of less developed and less desirable districts into thriving neighbourhoods occupied by professionals and young families.

- the displacement of lower-income residents in a neighbourhood by higher-income residents, generally occurring when an older neighbourhood is revitalised.

The fact is that both definitions are correct. However, each places a different emphasis on what the impact is (thriving neighbourhoods versus displacement).

Sources: Neighborhood Revitalization and the Postindustrial City: A Multinational Perspective, by Dennis E. Gale; Dealing with Neighborhood Change: A Primer on Gentrification and Policy Choices, by Maureen Kennedy and Paul Leonard)

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Practice OWAD in a conversation:

"The GENTRIFICATION of London's East End has created many new jobs and improved tourism."

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