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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)
by Black_Lotus June 20, 2006
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When a bunch of stupid rich liberals buy land near poor peoples' houses and build expensive houses and specialty restaurants. This forces the poor people out due to rising expenses.

Once gentrified, the once-affordable houses will become overpriced cafes, specialty restaurants, high-end lofts, and even social justice centers (no, not actual Social Justice, Social Justice Warriors.)

The neighborhoods usually become commercial centers (only for those who can afford ten dollar ice cream,) art districts (only for people who like urinals being passed off as art,) and gay neighborhoods (not for gays who got chased out of their houses by their homophobic, conservative parents and are broke, but for ones that can afford to go to Gay Day at Disney World every year.)

They also have dumb abbreviated names (for example, a town called Greentown might call a gentrified neighborhood in their southwest "GreToSoWe.") Some think that gentrification only affects minority neighborhoods; not true, many gentrified neighborhoods are white or mixed race. Notable gentrified neighborhoods include SoHo, Darien Street, and Metro Atlanta. A notable fictional example is SoDoSoPa from South Park.
Person 1: I love all the great new shopping districts here! Isn't it simply divine? Gentrification made this place so great!

Person 2: No, I hate it because the gentrification means I can't pay my rent and have to move to Compton.
by Kfcnyancat November 23, 2015
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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.
by Trololol trolololol October 13, 2018
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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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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.
by user565322 December 11, 2016
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