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Daniel Halliday
Jun 11 · Last update 2 mo. ago.
What should be done about gentrification?
Is gentrification a natural part of the urban improvement process, something to be left to progress freely, or is it an unfair factor of urban renewal, displacing and disenfranchising lower income communities?
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Is it a possibility that megacities are too big and fast moving to foster any kind of community?
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Gentrification is a natural result of maintaining an urban environment
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Working class communities need protecting
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The real cause of gentrification is the lack of affordable housing
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Is it a possibility that megacities are too big and fast moving to foster any kind of community?

Megacities that house populations over 10 million people, such as Tokyo, Shanghai, Jakarta, Delhi, Seoul, Sao Paulo, Lagos, London, New York, are in a constant state of flux. People, businesses and trends come and go at an astonishing rate. It could be argued, based on homo-sapiens inclination to form small communities in the wild natural world, that these populations are just too large to foster any meaningful feeling of community spirit.

Tokyo, the world’s largest and most heavily populated urban area, is a good example. Here the urban areas go through 30 year redevelopment cycles, buildings usually being removed and completely rebuilt rather than regenerated or preserved in any way. However, this often takes the form of top down regeneration that comes from more of an urban redevelopment approach, but as a result areas are constantly changing. This coupled with a great transport infrastructure means that the area you live in is less of a problem, and individuals choose to live is less of an issue.

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Tokyo, the world’s largest and most heavily populated urban area, is a good example. Here the urban areas go through 30 year redevelopment cycles, buildings usually being removed and completely rebuilt rather than regenerated or preserved in any way. However, this often takes the form of top down regeneration that comes from more of an urban redevelopment approach, but as a result areas are constantly changing. This coupled with a great transport infrastructure means that the area you live in is less of a problem, and individuals choose to live is less of an issue.
Gentrification is a natural result of maintaining an urban environment

Improving urban areas is part and parcel of the maintenance of a city landscape. Bringing new businesses, improving buildings and infrastructure is good for local people, helping to reduce crime and the general quality of life in the area. As affluent people, will naturally, seek a decent quality of life and have to finances to move, they will seek out rejuvenated areas. This movement also encourages social mixing, as people from diverse backgrounds will be neighbours as a result. This is all part of city life…

This restorative process has far too many far reaching positives and many positives will reach the longer term tenants of these improved areas. Trying to control this process artificially won’t achieve anything other than allowing the urban environment to fall into disrepair an further complicate and cause the housing market to valuate further. Allowing money into the area will only help the long term residents of that area, bringing more investment, jobs, opportunity to their area.

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This restorative process has far too many far reaching positives and many positives will reach the longer term tenants of these improved areas. Trying to control this process artificially won’t achieve anything other than allowing the urban environment to fall into disrepair an further complicate and cause the housing market to valuate further. Allowing money into the area will only help the long term residents of that area, bringing more investment, jobs, opportunity to their area.
Working class communities need protecting

Gentrification is unfair for low income communities and only suits wealthier people and businesses. As wealthy people move in to “reclaim” an urban area, the general cost of living increases, and the people that used to live there are priced out. This practice is exploitative, disruptive and weakens ties within communities, ultimately causing more displacement than revitalisation.

Investors and development companies need to recognise the importance of community and the positive effect on the urban environment it has. If an area has a strong sense of togetherness and community spirit is high then all residents of that area will take pride and respect their environment and the community and urban area can flourish together. The longevity of any benefits gained from large scale urban redevelopment will be greatly effected for the good, by the presence of a strong community.

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Investors and development companies need to recognise the importance of community and the positive effect on the urban environment it has. If an area has a strong sense of togetherness and community spirit is high then all residents of that area will take pride and respect their environment and the community and urban area can flourish together. The longevity of any benefits gained from large scale urban redevelopment will be greatly effected for the good, by the presence of a strong community.
The real cause of gentrification is the lack of affordable housing

If there is a housing shortage, as population increases residents will have to either pay more or travel to under developed areas in the hope of finding somewhere affordable to live. This naturally causes prices to rise and the community to change over time. These effects have become so pronounced in some major urban areas that lower income residents have been priced out of their neighbourhood and house prices have become unaffordable in many major cities. The solution is to free up construction projects to allow new housing for growing populations anything else will not fully address the problem and could exacerbate other urban social issues.

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