Posted by: Ophelia | May 15, 2009

Reflecting and showing your ass about gentrification

Reflecting on Gentrification” over at Feministing.

There’s plenty of typical comments ranging from applauding the middle class for turning urban neighborhoods into sunshine and rainbows to proclaiming the gentrifiers are the victims here because their lovely improvements price them out of the neighborhood too. There’s also some discussion of whether being a gentrifier is ever okay and if it’s even possible to mitigate the harm to the current residents. Is cheap rent worth crowding out the existing residents? Is it all part of the housing game?

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