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MYTHS OF GENTRIFICATION

Here’s a clarifying story in the Washington Post about the myths associated with gentrification. Examples: crime goes up in gentrifying neighborhoods; it’s not purely a white thing; changes for the better are largely welcomed by residents, making them less likely to move away. An example of this fresh thinking: “Research shows that longtime residents aren’t more likely to move when their neighborhood gentrifies; sometimes they’re actually less likely to leave (in part because of the improvements gentrification can bring). In one study, I found that the probability that a household would be displaced in a gentrifying neighborhood in New York was 1.3 percent. A 2015 study in Philadelphia found something similar — that neighborhood income gains did not significantly predict household exit rates.”

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