Big Ideas: On Gentrification

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Title: Five myths about gentrification
By: Lance Freeman, Washington Post

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY GENTRIFICATION?

“When we talk about a gentrified neighborhood, we may imagine something specific — a bustling street with new coffee shops, boutique clothing stores and artisanal breweries. Gentrification “probably does mean getting a Starbucks or another upscale cafe,” Gizmodo wrote. In fact, the coffee chain is so synonymous with the phenomenon that the Guardian asked: “In gentrified cities which came first: Starbucks or higher real estate prices?”

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