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From gentry +‎ -ification, after gentrify. Coined by German-born British sociologist Ruth Glass in 1964.[1]



gentrification (countable and uncountable, plural gentrifications)

  1. (urban studies) The renewal and rebuilding that accompanies the influx of middle class or affluent people into deteriorating areas and often displaces earlier, usually poorer, residents; any example of such a process.
    Hypernym: embourgeoisement
    • 1973 April 8, Jeremy Bugler, “Tomorrow's London”, in The Observer, London, retrieved 2016-09-12, page 13:
      Labour's manifesto contains the wild promise of 'war on the private landlord,' but this may conceal a real determination to use the powers of compulsory purchase to prevent the existing residents of places like North Kensington being driven out by the twin forces of 'gentrification' and development.
    • 1989, Spike Lee, Do the Right Thing, spoken by Buggin' Out (Giancarlo Esposito):
      Who told you to buy a brownstone on my block, in my neighborhood, on my side of the street? Yo, what you wanna live in a Black neighborhood for, anyway? Man, motherfuck gentrification.
    • 2007, Arthur C. Nelson et al., The Social Impacts of Urban Containment, Ashgate, →ISBN, page 71:
      In particular, the focus is on property value changes and gentrification in Portland that are often attributed to urban growth and containment policies within the state.
    • 2010, Jerry Carrier, The Making of the Slave Class, Algora, →ISBN, page 177:
      I went to a large national forum not that long ago where about six hundred local government officials, nonprofit and neighborhood development corporation staff met to discuss the gentrification of urban neighborhoods. The irony is that the forum quickly shifted to discussions on race as it frequently does when gentrification is discussed.

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  1. ^ Ruth Glass; University College, London. Centre for Urban Studies (1964) London: Aspects of Change (Centre for Urban Studies report; 3), London: MacGibbon & Kee, →OCLC, page 18:
    Nowadays, many of these houses are being sub-divided into costly flats or ‘houselets’ (in terms of the new real estate snob jargon). The current social status and value of such dwellings are frequently in inverse relation to their size, and in any case enormously inflated by comparison with previous levels in their neighbourhoods. Once this process of ‘gentrification’ starts in a []

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gentrification f (plural gentrifications)

  1. gentrification
    Hypernym: embourgeoisement