The Argument Of Gentrification: Good Or Bad?

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The argument of gentrification has been steadily rising in if it's good or bad. Everyone argues that rich white people push out middle to poor class blacks from their homes. In aspect that seems to be what happens but I think that most people have it wrong. Not everyone is very educated on what actually happens. In a lot of ways good things do come from gentrification. For example, safer neighborhoods, historic parts of towns restored, small businesses can stake ground, and the homes are still affordable while being aesthetically pleasing. It forces schools to become better and the property price to go up. Many people like to only see the bad of it instead the better things it can bring. That’s brought on by this idea that gentrification is strictly a racial problem. That black neighborhoods are targeted by whites to push them out of their homes. That’s not always the case, for example, in the Brooklyn neighborhood Bedford-Stuyvesant in New York City the black population dropped from 81.9 percent in 1990 to 64.6 percent in 2010; however, the Hispanic population grew slightly from 16.3 percent to 19.9 percent in the same time period. And while the number of whites moving in has soared, they still only make up 10.9 percent of the population.…show more content…
Freeman also found that gentrification opened up neighborhoods to college-educated minorities. In other words, well educated African-Americans and Hispanics were as likely to move to a gentrified neighborhood as well educated whites. This is shown in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood with the number of college- educated blacks moving in has increased over
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