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.