She noted that once started, gentrification can progress “rapidly until all or most of the original working class occupiers are displaced, and the whole social character of the district is changed.” As gentrification spread to other cities around the world, especially in the 1980s and 1990s, the term also surged in use to describe these urban transformations.
Gentrification finds its etymological roots in the term gentry , or more specifically, landed gentry , a British social class of wealthy landowners who lived off their land by collecting rent from tenant farmers in cash or as a portion of the produce. The landowners also acted as local magistrates and as the caretakers of their tenants.
Glass observed that although the middle class were “uplifting” the status and condition of previously run-down residential areas, gentrification was not a simple issue by any means. The displacement of poorer families and small businesses and the disappearance of their local culture and history were among the problematic outcomes of gentrification from the outset, and this continues to be a major point of debate today. So much so, that among some critics of gentrification the term is viewed as a code word for the destructive removal of the poor in urban neighborhoods. In light of this cultural history, it is important to keep the various connotations attached to gentrification ’s meaning in mind when using the term.
Examples from the Web for gentrification
And gentrification is fine, the problem is the consequences—the people outside your line of sight—which is very troubling.Julian Casablancas Enters the Void: On the Strokes’ Friction, Why He Left NYC, and Starting Over|Marlow Stern|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hip trendsetters are blamed for everything from gentrification to expensive beer.
This is gentrification of the fashion seen everywhere from Minneapolis to Mumbai.'It's Better To Jump' Tackles Gentrification in Akka|Matt Lerner|November 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Back at Columbia Heights Village, Mary bemoans the rising rents that gentrification has caused.The Target Effect, or, How Big Box Is Bringing Washington D.C. Together|Dan Mizrachi|May 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But the pace of gentrification was accelerating all through the aughties (and as far as I can tell, continues to rocket ahead).