but most of all these families now have the power of home ownership and can never be displaced or forced out of their homes again. this is what gentrification should be.
Quote from: Lex Boogie on March 11, 2006, 10:22:58 AMbut most of all these families now have the power of home ownership and can never be displaced or forced out of their homes again. this is what gentrification should be.That is, unless the city or state, through eminent domain, forces them out for a "public good" (with, of course, "just compensation").While I do recognize all of the problems you just named, I don't really see a way around widespread displacement if one is going to make an area of the city more attractive. Atlanta has done a fairly good job of implementing mixed-income communities in the areas that are being redeveloped, and I think this is probably all that can be done. If you make a place more attractive, people are going to want to live there, and the basic forces of supply and demand will drive prices up.My problem, however, is that affluent whites are taking over these areas at a higher rate than affluent blacks. Maybe it's just a supply problem, but I think something should be done to entice the many affluent blacks in Atlanta out of the suburbs and into these new areas of the city.
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