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- (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.
- 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.
process of renewal accompanying an influx of relatively affluent people
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 […]
gentrification f (plural gentrifications)