In the News: Creative Placemaking, revitalization and gentrification

In the News: Creative Placemaking, revitalization and gentrification
by Sheila Regan, Behind the Story, TCDailyPlanet.com
December 09, 2012

As far as I can tell, gentrification is basically the same thing as neighborhood revitalization. It’s just that one word has a negative connotation and one has a positive connotation. The only difference that I can make out is that gentrification implies that the makeup of a neighborhood changes — as condos and money stream in, the neighborhood becomes too expensive for the previous population to live there, thereby forcing them to move elsewhere. With neighborhood revitalization, it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. Theoretically, the term could imply that the standard of living of residents that live there improves as new investments come into an area, but I suspect that in many cases, neighborhood revitalization implies at least a partial gentrification.
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