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From gentry +‎ -ification, after gentrify. Coined in 1963 by German-born British sociologist Ruth Glass.



gentrification (countable and uncountable, plural gentrifications)

  1. (urban studies) The renewal and rebuilding that accompanies the influx of middle class or affluent people into deteriorating areas and often displaces earlier, usually poorer, residents; any example of such a process.
    • 1973 April 8, Bugler, Jeremy, “Tomorrow's London”, in The Observer, London, retrieved 2016-09-12, page 13:
      Labour's manifesto contains the wild promise of 'war on the private landlord,' but this may conceal a real determination to use the powers of compulsory purchase to prevent the existing residents of places like North Kensington being driven out by the twin forces of 'gentrification' and development.
    • 2007, Arthur C. Nelson, Casey J. Dawkins, Thomas W. Sanchez, The Social Impacts of Urban Containment, page 71:
      In particular, the focus is on property value changes and gentrification in Portland that are often attributed to urban growth and containment policies within the state.
    • 2010, Jerry Carrier, The Making of the Slave Class, page 177:
      I went to a large national forum not that long ago where about six hundred local government officials, nonprofit and neighborhood development corporation staff met to discuss the gentrification of urban neighborhoods. The irony is that the forum quickly shifted to discussions on race as it frequently does when gentrification is discussed.

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gentrification f (plural gentrifications)

  1. gentrification