In my last piece, I teased that I would next write about how the urban planning model called equitable development could possibly fix gentrification. But I guess before that we should explore if gentrification is even a thing. Word on the spreadsheets is that it’s not.

John Buntin wrote in Slate last month that gentrification is a “myth,” and contributed to a series of stories in this month’s Governing magazine that sought to further unpack the myth. In December, Emily Badger called for getting rid of the term altogether in The Washington Post. Our own Ben Adler jabbed at this as well.

“Whatever point you’re making about ‘gentrification’ is undermined by the fact that the word has no clear, singular meaning,” wrote Badger.