Gentrifiering

2blowhards skriver om gentrifiering och pekar på en studie av Lance Freeman som lär ut stadsplanering vid Columbia universitetet i USA som visar på att det inte alltid är så att gentrifiering tvingar de fattiga att flytta bort från ett område. Hans data pekar tvärt om på att fattiga i genomsnitt hyr en lägenhet längre i ett område som håller på att gentrifieras än i ett icke gentrifierande området trots att hyra går upp i det första området.

The data, he says, tells us that the poor on average actually stay in their homes for a longer period of time in gentrifying neighborhoods than they do in non-gentrifying neighborhoods, even though their rents go up in gentrifying neighborhoods. Why? Because there are all sorts of reasons people move and stay. When your neighborhood sucks (not Freeman’s word), you have an incentive to move–perhaps to a comparably priced but slightly less sucky neighborhood. But when your neighborhood gets spiffed up by all those Yuppies, you have an incentive to stay–and may be willing to pay more.

2blowhards.com: Gentrification: Good or Evil?

via: “the boxtank”:http://www.theboxtank.com/walmartbox/2004/09/gentrification_.html

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