What’s Gentrification?

gen·tri·fi·ca·tion [jen-truh-fi-key-shuhn] noun

  1. the buying and renovation of houses and stores in deteriorated urban neighborhoods by upper- or middle-income families or individuals, thus improving property values but often displacing low-income families and small businesses.
  2. an instance of gentrifying; the condition of being gentrified.

Or, when white people move into your city and take over!

Spike Lee recently ranted about what he calls the “Christopher Columbus Syndrome”, that is not only being seen in boroughs of New York City, like Brooklyn and Harlem, but also in every major city across the country.

Kelly grew up in an upscale Prince Georges County neighborhood in Maryland, but her former stomping grounds of Washington, D.C used to be called “Chocolate City”, but right about now, it’s more like “White Chocolate” City.

While Deidre thinks gentrification is just amazeballs, Kelly realizes that there are more consequences to getting a Whole Foods than not having a Whole Foods. It doesn’t even matter to her that most will think she’s just one of those darn gentrifiers…or maybe she just doesn’t realize it.

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