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 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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The act of increasing the quality of a crap neighborhood to livable, sanitary conditions, thereby removing the property value from the toilet and basically polishing a turd. Racists hate it because it typically means more of the evil, oppressive Equinsu Ocha, and criminals hate it because crime rates typically plummet. The parasite class is sometimes resultingly displaced in favor of the working middle-class. An unfortunately occasional by-product of gentrification is an increase in a liberal presence which benefits nobody.
The coffee shop and new park which replaced the two old crack houses are quite an upgrade to the neighborhood (thank goodness for gentrification)!
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A term used by those who are intellectually impaired to try and negatively label the positive progress which is renovation of local infrastructure in an urban area while still having access to high end amenities like Wi-Fi, Double-shot Mocha Latte's and of course, social media apps.
"The Gentrification of this neighborhood is just another example of white privilege and Republicans way of trying to push blacks out of neighborhoods."
"Yeahhh...or the building is falling apart and just needs some rennovating..."
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Whitening up the place in a hipster or upper class manner
Tom: this gentrification is awful.

Lee: this what?
Tom: it means whitening up the place.
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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'
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