When "urban renewal" of lower class neighbourhoods with condos attracts yuppie tenants, driving up rents and driving out long time, lower income residents. It often begins with influxes of local artists looking for a cheap place to live, giving the neighbourhood a bohemian flair. This hip reputation attracts yuppies who want to live in such an atmosphere, driving out the lower income artists and lower income residents, often ethnic/racial minorities, changing the social character of the neighbourhood.
It also involves the "yuppification" of local businesses; shops catering to yuppie tastes like sushi resaturants, Starbucks, etc... come to replace local businesses displaced by higher rents.
The term was coined by sociologist Ruth Glass, who is quoted below.
"One by one, many of the working class quarters of London have been invaded by the middle-classes—upper and lower. Shabby, modest mews and cottages—two rooms up and two down—have been taken over, when their leases have expired, and have become elegant, expensive residences ...
. Once this process of 'gentrification' starts in a district it goes on rapidly until all or most of the original working-class occupiers are displaced and the whole social character of the district is changed."
-Ruth Glass (1964)
When a bunch of white people move to the ghetto and open up a bunch of cup cake shops
The lower east side has undergone gentrification by homos and hipsters
Oppression of the professional victim class by Da Man.
"Poor blacks and black businesses are being pushed out of Harlem in favor of elite whites. Bill Clinton is a perfect symbol of the reality of the white takeover. He is opening the floodgates now for complete gentrification of Harlem." -- Black Panther Party spokesman Malik Zulu Shabazz, April 2001
a racist term used by hispanics to express displeasure over having a white person living near them.
'did you see those darkies that just moved in next door? there goes the neighborhood.' - replace 'darkies' with 'white folk', and you've got 'gentrification'