For decades people who once occupied large urban areas fled the hustle of them and moved to the suburbs. This has become known as “white flight” that occurred during the 1950’s- when after The Great Migration of African Americans from share-cropping down south to industrious jobs in cities, white people fled. This has recently reversed itself, a process known as gentrification.

Gentrification is a phenomena of urban planning, where typically low-income communities receive an influx of wealthy residents, which results in increased property values (and therefore taxes) for the original low-income members and small businesses of that community, leading to the displacement of many.

This can especially be seen in certain parts of New York City- such as the skyrocketing popularity of living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Astoria, Queens, or Harlem, Manhattan, amongst many other cities in America.

Per most controversial issues, gentrification has many components and facets. It is a benefit to everyone if a wealthy person (people) lives amongst others who are not, as that will help small businesses thrive and theoretically decrease crime.

I have heard and can understand that gentrification can be a type of cultural appropriation. People want to live amongst and in some instance pretend to be “hood” or whatever, as that is seen as interesting or deep or inspiring.

I again do not have the solutions for such a monumental concern. Its solution clearly far expands past one person.

I think gentrification parallels another article I wrote, that we cannot abandon our dangerous and poor neighborhoods. We must stick by them and help in any way we can.

Wealthy people moving into a poor area may not be the solution to improve them. I think giving the people who already live in those communities tools to succeed would make more of a difference.

The solution may not be wealthy white people pretending to be something their not.

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