How Gentrification Works

By: Dave Roos

How Gentrification Works: Author’s Note

I love a topic like this because it really has some meat on its bones. Gentrification is a highly controversial issue in economically booming cities across the country and the world. I used to live in San Francisco, where the gentrification of the traditionally Latino Mission District by white urban professionals was a real issue. I also have a lot of friends who have moved to trendy neighborhoods in Brooklyn that my mother, a Brooklyn native, still considers dangerous. What I loved about researching this article is that it gave me a new prospective on the controversy. I had always assumed that gentrification only benefited the interlopers, but I found some surprising new data that shows that the economic benefits of gentrification are spread more equally than most of us think.


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