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FC: Urban Gentrification | By Mike Laughlin | The aftertaste of gentrification November, 2009 Miami Bourbaki

1: Urban gentrification typically refers to the movement of the wealthier community into areas of lower income. This effort tends to urbanize and recondition once degrading areas with new housing and businesses. It also drives up the socioeconomic status of areas thus, raising taxes and property values. This sounds fantastic! But many questions still remain as to what lasting affects this has on cities economy, housing efforts and, what seems to be the group largely effected, the poor and working poor. We do not have to look far to see the effects of gentrification even in our own city. Walk though OKC's Bricktown and just look around. New construction everywhere. New condo construction, at prices that are sky high. Where is affordable housing for families downtown? | Model Minority

2: Many people have expressed theories on the future outcomes of gentrification. Thus, the range in those theories is as varied as one would expect. People who lean toward a functionalist point of view see gentrification as a necessary cog in the machine which is society. "If people would work hard and better their education they too could afford nice housing" seems to be their response. Yet, that very system that is intended to motivate them is the very same system that defeats them. Conflict theorists believe gentrification is the process of further enforcing the elements of discrimination. Why wouldn't those in power take what they can and make all the money for themselves? | Tenants Land Trust Beat Gentrification 2006 Rhea Sema Race, Poverty, and the Environment

3: Gentrification amidst the urban backdrop provides a variety of complex issues that are still being played out and have yet to be seen as a positive or negative for the future of American society. One thing seems to be clear on the onset, however, urban gentrification does provide much in the way of immediate needs of affordable housing for families nor does it address the issues of placement for those pushed out by the ever growing monster we call society. | Gentrification at the expense of? October, 2007 LeHigh Valley Ramblings | Gentrification of the city centers 2011 Sarah Gynn

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