‘Gentrification’ is a messy bogeyman of a term deserving more critical analysis. If ‘gentrification’ is ‘exclusive economic development’, what we want is INCLUSIVE economic development.
This post will need many disclaimers, but I think that it is a valuable addition to our gentrification materials since the key take-home point is that gentrification doesn’t happen the same way in all places (geographic context matters!). Some of the generalizations about gentrification around the country might not apply to some specific examples. Are these generalizations true in some (and possibly most) contexts? Sure, but unfortunately once people hear the word gentrification, they assume a base set of assumptions about the situation which may or may not be true. The 5 myths outlined in this video (more detail in this Washington Post article) are:
- Gentrification leads to lower crime.
- Gentrification causes widespread displacement.
- Longtime residents hate gentrification.
- Gentrifiers are white.
- Gentrification happens naturally.