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 of town. My weird little corner of the city is not-so-subtly gentrifying, and I can’t help but feel partially responsible for its transformation.

I figure not everyone feels this way. It seems much of my generation would rather patronize swanky restaurants in gentrified neighbourhoods without thinking about the people we are displacing in the process. So I asked some other millennials living and working in fast-changing neighbourhoods to see if young people actually care.

By Zac Thompson – Full Story at