Saturday, April 5, 2014

From The Atlantic Cities
Why Gentrification Is So Hard to Stop

Cities are transforming, and it's palpable. The reliable no-frills coffeehouse shut down and two months later, there's an artisan bakery selling baguettes for $6. Your favorite barber tells customers he can no longer afford the rent; meanwhile a chain salon around the corner has an hour wait.
These scenes are all too familiar. On the surface, they're hallmarks of gentrification. That narrative starts with educated middle-income (and typically white) 20- and 30-somethings moving into a predominantly working-class community for bigger bang for their buck. Other yuppies follow suit. Eventually the neighborhood is made amenable to their palettes and preferences. Property values rise, minorities are displaced, and the public promenades that reflect urban diversity begin to look and feel otherwise. Read more: Why Gentrification Is So Hard to Stop - James Frank Dy Zarsadiaz - The Atlantic Cities

1 comment:

Dan Appell said...

How is it possible to start it in Nanaimo?