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date: 20 July 2019

Gentrification in the United States 

Source:
The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Urban History
Author(s):
Suleiman OsmanSuleiman Osman

Gentrification is one of the most controversial issues in American cities today. But it also remains one of the least understood. Few agree how to define it or whether it is a boon or curse for cities. Gentrification historically has had a smaller demographic impact on American cities than suburbanization or immigration. But since the late 1970s, gentrification has dramatically reshaped cities like Seattle, San Francisco, and Boston. Furthermore districts such as New Orleans’s French Quarter, New York City’s Greenwich Village and Washington DC’s Georgetown, have had an outsized influence on the political, cultural, and architectural history of cities. Gentrification thus must be placed alongside suburbanization as one of the major historical trends shaping the 20th-century American metropolis.... ...

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