One blogger sets us straight about tossing that g-word around.

I’m not actually sure what I just read.  I think I just read the blog post of someone who got paid to tell me I don’t know the underlying issues contributing to gentrification, and while I’m no urban planner, I think I kind of do!

The deeper problems we miss when we attack ‘gentrification’

While not directly an infill issue, this is a driver to clearing the space to then pack “infill” onto.

I sure would like to see a city where they’re doing what this blogger says brings jobs into historically-poor neighborhoods, yet doesn’t displace long-time residents.  Is that possible?  Because in Portland, outside investment in historically neglected neighborhoods does bring grocery stores, but recently, those are along the lines of Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods and New Seasons, none of which are affordable relative to the area and not even for people like me.   They may employe some long-time residents hanging on for dear life, but that doesn’t mean they can shop there.  The blogger also complains that it’s good if a sit-down restaurant moves in where a vacant storefront was, but isn’t that ignoring that maybe the storefront is vacant because the neighborhood businesses were not supported and had to close?  How about an effort to bring those businesses back, or can the blogger acknowledge that the pricing-out of people fundamentally changes neighborhoods in such a way that businesses move to less expensive areas and the die is cast?  That sure has happened in Portland.


Posted on June 17, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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