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Gentrification

the buying and renovation of houses and stores in deteriorated urban neighborhoods by upper- or middle-income families or individuals, raising property values but often displacing low-income families and small businesses.

the process of conforming to an upper- or middle-class lifestyle, or of making a product, activity, etc., appealing to those with more affluent tastes:

First coined in the 1960s by sociologist Ruth Glass, the term

has proven to be important in the scholarship and popular discussion of urban development. In her 1964 book

to describe a shift she observed in many London neighborhoods in which middle-class people began moving into traditionally working-class areas.

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

spread to other cities around the world, especially in the 1980s and 1990s, the term also surged in use to describe these urban transformations.

finds its etymological roots in the term

, 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,

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

from the outset, and this continues to be a major point of debate today. So much so, that among some critics of

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

s meaning in mind when using the term.

Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.Cite This SourceExamples from the Web forgentrificationExpandContemporary Examples

Andgentrificationis fine, the problem is the consequencesthe people outside your line of sightwhich is very troubling.

Hip trendsetters are blamed for everything fromgentrificationto expensive beer.

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Back at Columbia Heights Village, Mary bemoans the rising rents thatgentrificationhas caused.

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) a process by which middle-class people take up residence in a traditionally working-class area of a city, changing the character of the area

Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition

© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins

Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012Cite This SourceWord Origin and History forgentrificationExpandn.

by 1977, noun of action fromgentrify.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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