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Gentrification - Nov 20 2013

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York University
Social Science
SOSC 2617
David Hugill

Gentrification – November 20, 2013  The restoration of run-down urban areas by the middle class (resulting in the displacement of low- income residents) - Middle class, where did the middle class go? - Geographically they went to the suburbs (Became rich or poor: polarization) - Detroit: lost auto sector jobs (extreme example) - Baltimore: 1960s style, haven’t gentrified - Urbicide: Killing cities; Intentional attempt to erase or destroy a city or cities for political purposes. - Baby boomers want to come back to the inner city? What does a city offer? - New kinds of jobs, service sector jobs in the city. Diversity offered in the city, 4 stages of gentrification 1. What Smith and others call “Urban pioneers”; shock troops; risk oblivious people/renter (don’t care about their neighbours (bad neighbourhood) as long as it's a nice apartment; willing to take on the risk) 2. Renovation and Promotion: Outsiders promoti
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