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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)
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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
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when housing prices in a neighborhood go up because a bunch of hipsters moved in
Bro, I can't afford the new fancy coffee shop, I can't even pay my rent cause of all the gentrification
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When uppity white people move into a ghetto and take over the real estate, which fucks over the current residents. Usually followed by the opening of a shit ton of Starbucks, Nordstroms, and Whole Foods.
Uppity white mom: excuse me, where can I find kale and quinoa around here?
local resident: fuck, this gentrification shit needs to stop
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When you buy a house that hasn’t been painted in 30 years and finally put some paint on that thing.
All these yuppies are contributing to gentrification in my neighborhood with their mid-century gray tones and turquoise accents.
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A buzzword uttered mostly by those who are outraged that improving a neighborhood means people will spend more money to live in it.
- What's happened to all the bums that used to hang around here?

- Gentrification, man. Getting worse by the day.
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