Again and again, gentrification prices people out of neighborhoods and makes renters feel powerless over their circumstances. But there is one thing that can withstand gentrification: people coming together.
Back in the early nineties Ma and I lived in a one bedroom apartment with crappy brown carpeting, cottage cheese ceilings, the heat thick and rising. Ma always out working while I fried up mushrooms and listened to her Diana Ross and the Supremes albums. Sometimes, the lights cut off. Back then the bills would […]
Cold brews and fourteen-dollar raw juice joints and white folks everywhere; in what seems like a blink of an eye, your neighborhood has changed completely. But, despite how abrupt it can feel, gentrification doesn’t happen overnight. Gentrification happens after months, and sometimes even years, of preparation — crafted in the offices of real estate moguls […]
The word “gentrification” was coined by British sociologist Ruth Glass in 1964. In her book London: Aspects of Change, Glass described the upheaval of certain neighborhoods in London by the middle-class “gentry” from the countryside: One by one, many of the working class quarters have been invaded by the middle class upper and lower. Once […]
The term gentrification has become a buzzword to describe so many things— top knots, beards, an influx of microbreweries or cheese shops. What’s downplayed is how absolutely threatening and dangerous it is. The pervasive threat of violence hangs in the distance between the kitchen tables of hurting families who are being pushed out of their […]