Gentrification ≠ Middle Class

Gentrification ≠ Middle Class

Some cities like DC and Chicago and NYC are way more appealing than they used to be and gentrifying like mad despite the Great Recession, but that doesn't mean the middle class is coming back.

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Here's a GIF showing the disappearance of the middle class (in grey) since 1970 in Chicago, which has resulted in a highly segregated, extremely unequal city (and a public school system that is overwhelmingly poor and minority). Read some coverage here and here. The spreading green shape represents the affluent.

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  • Duh. Gentrification results in rich enclaves, not middle class neighborhoods. This phenomenon is obvious. Anybody with a clue about Chicago understands this. Same thing is occurring in Brooklyn.

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