Gentrification — the “G-word” — has been a constant topic of conversation is the past few years, as a young generation flocks to once down-and-out neighborhoods, transforming them at a break-neck pace. Locals decry that they’re being priced out by the moneyed hordes, as local businesses are shoved aside to make way for luxury condos and artisanal pickle shops and cupcakeries. Then there are pundits who say that gentrification is a myth — or that, at the very least, American cities have bigger problems, like the increase in areas of concentrated poverty. But for those who have suffered because of gentrification, who have been forced out of their communities to make way for wealthier, and often whiter, people, the issue is all too real. With this series, we set out to take a clear-eyed look at the G-word, and to find ways that communities can combat it, or at least survive the onslaught.
Stories in this series:
With "equitable development," planners say they've finally figured out how to make sustainable, healthy neighborhoods accessible to everyone.
Recent reports claim that gentrification is fiction. But it’s a fact of life for those who’ve been displaced by it.
Detroit's housing market may look accessible, but once you do the math imposed by the city's sometimes tough conditions, it's hardly a bargain.
How gentrification dirties up environmental cleanups.
Community land trusts can guarantee a level of economic diversity in urban neighborhoods, and help locals take charge of their own destiny.
If you're really worried about gentrification, your best bet is tackling problems related to racial inequities and climate change vulnerability.
An influx of wealth might improve neighborhoods, but public schools? Not so much.