Posts Categorized: Gentrification

Do Young People Care About Gentrification?

Like most young people, I’m perpetually broke. Thanks to a crushing mountain of debt, I moved to a cheaper neighbourhood. In the short time I’ve been here the area has become “hipper” and the condo developers have taken notice. It’s now at a point where beautiful and expensive micro-lofts are built in the shittiest parts… Read more »

Places With Sharp Price Increases, Relatively Low Incomes

Zip code 11216 in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn has a spectacular stock of stately brownstones. The buildings — long ago sliced into apartments, but easily restored as grand townhomes again — composed the last major collection of brownstones in the borough that hadn’t yet been gentrified going into this housing cycle in the early… Read more »

Death of the Gayborhood: Queer Aging in the Time of Gentrification

Seattle is experiencing a new era of gentrification, one that doesn’t just bulldoze low income apartment buildings but is also wiping out traditional gayborhoods, severing the links between queer generations. Two artists respond with resilience. Seattle is “broverwhelmed.” Between the tech industry and the real estate developers catering to upscale tastes of the increasingly privileged… Read more »

The Escalating Demise Of Gayborhoods

Personal assistant Brenden Michaels is wondering if his days in Brooklyn are numbered. He still clings to a cheap rental flat in uber-gentrified Williamsburg, but has seen his neighbourhood’s prices skyrocket. He now laughingly suspects even the improvements he’s made to his own home may eventually come back to bite him. “I’ve repainted everything, put… Read more »

The Biggest Force Driving Gentrification?

The Louis and The Harper are high-end apartment buildings on 14th Street in the heart of one of DC’s hottest neighborhoods. (Andre Chung for The Washington Post) When we think about the reasons behind the movement of younger, higher-income people into center cities — reversing the decades-long trend of suburbanization — lots of things come… Read more »

Predicting Gentrification

There is a mystery rising around the corner from my home in Northeast D.C. Its reveal has been slow: one floor at a time, the metal skeleton taking shape over months. The work seems to sputter on and off, and several times I’ve wondered if something went wrong. The money ran out. Or the inspectors… Read more »

How Living in a Gayborhood Affects Your Home’s Price

Gay neighborhoods are not just more expensive than most other neighborhoods in their metropolitan area, they also appreciate more quickly. In the last three years, home prices in neighborhoods with high numbers of male same-sex couples have increased by an average of 23%, according to a new study by online real estate service Trulia; prices… Read more »

What the Fights About “Gentrification” Are Really About

Earlier this week, city supervisors in San Francisco considered an emergency 45-day moratorium on the construction of new market-rate housing in the Mission district so that the city could, in theory, pause to ponder what’s happening in its insane housing market. The Mission has long been home to lower-income residents, many of them minorities, and… Read more »

How Downtowns Succeed

I had anticipated some of the rewards and discoveries of visiting cities in the process of economic and cultural recovery and re-invention. An unexpected reward has been the chance to get a time-capsule view, a kind of real-life time-line diorama, of how the downtown areas of cities look through all the stages of a decline-and-rise… Read more »

What is Gentrification, Really?

Emily Badger suggests chucking the word: Even researchers don’t agree on what “gentrification” means, let alone how to identify it. (And this is to say nothing of its even more problematic derivative, the “gentrifier.”) … The definition matters… not purely for linguistic nit-picking, but because we seldom talk about gentrification in isolation. More often, we’re… Read more »

What is Gentrification?

Maybe you think you know a gentrifying neighborhood when you see one. It’s got all the shorthand: coffee shops, new condo construction, a few old storefronts awaiting renovation. What we think is easy to eyeball, though, is incredibly hard to identify in data. Quantitatively, what does gentrification look like? A change in median income in… Read more »

The Upside to San Francisco Gentrification

While many San Francisco neighborhoods are changing character, Dogpatch may be getting one. The enclave between the bay and Potrero Hill is a blink-and-miss-it spot, filled with warehouses, taverns along Third street and the local Hells Angels headquarters. The charm is hidden away. Several blocks along Tennessee and Minnesota streets are dotted with tiny Victorians,… Read more »

Is Hunter’s Point on the Cusp of Gentrification in San Francisco?

Just six miles from San Francisco’s increasingly expensive downtown is Hunters Point, a historically blue-collar neighborhood southeast of the city, which has been neglected since the shipyards closed in 1974 amid radiation contamination so bad it was declared a Superfund site. Today, 30 percent of the area’s residents earn less than $10,000 a year. “This… Read more »

Is the US Undergoing a Mass Gentrification?

Census data suggests that in 1980 a college graduate could expect to earn about 38 percent more than a worker with only a high-school diploma. Since then, the difference in their wages has only widened as our economy has shifted to bestow greater and greater rewards on the well-educated. By 2000, that number was about… Read more »

Is the US Real Estate Market Stalling?

After picking up momentum over the last couple of years, there are some signs that the US housing market may be slowing. The Washington Post reports: The third installment of Freddie’s “Multi-Indicator Market Index” (or MiMi), which sizes up homebuying activity and other factors, found that only 10 states and the District of Columbia fall… Read more »

Harlem’s Gentrification Caused by “White Homos”

In the past five years, Harlem’s empty lots and burned-out buildings have sprung up luxury condos, upscale restaurants, boutique shops, hotels, B&Bs, and unimaginable improved services in an area the city had long forgotten. And the resentment of this shift has targeted both Harlem’s recent and life-long LGBTQ communities. “Obama has released the homo demons… Read more »

Is Gentrification Progress, or Destruction?

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: I’m Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. If I say I want to talk about gentrification, what comes to mind? Do you think new businesses and services revitalizing tired rundown neighborhoods or do you think higher taxes and snobby people with too much money and too few… Read more »

Are Seattle Renters Being Priced Out of the Market?

In the next few years Amazon said they will hire an additional 12,000 employees and they all have to live somewhere. But at what cost? The rapid redevelopment could become an epidemic for all of King County. The average one bedroom in South Lake Union costs $2,200. That’s more expensive than many of the trendy… Read more »

Gentrification is Hard to Stop

Cities are transforming, and it’s palpable. The reliable no-frills coffeehouse shut down and two months later, there’s an artisan bakery selling baguettes for $6. Your favorite barber tells customers he can no longer afford the rent; meanwhile a chain salon around the corner has an hour wait. These scenes are all too familiar for the… Read more »

The Decline of Chelsea as a Gayborhood

Lost leases, rent increases, a shifting residential dynamic, and the influx of tourist and tech dollars are all playing their part in recasting the role of Eighth Avenue between 14th and 23rd Streets — the commercial spine of Chelsea. But this is not simply a story about the ever-gentrification of Manhattan, it’s also another telling… Read more »

Who Gets Hurt by Gentrification?

Profiling some of New York’s newly mixed neighborhoods, Justin Davidson notes that the “link between a neighborhood’s economic fortunes and the number of people being forced to move away, while anecdotally obvious, is difficult to document”: In 2005, Lance Freeman, a professor of urban planning at Columbia, examined national housing statistics to see whether low-income… Read more »