The current narrative that gentrification is inherently a negative thing fails to understand the benefits it can bring to a community, argues Joe Cortright of The Atlantic. People that live in areas that become gentrified see growing incomes, greater wealth, lower crime, better schools and higher test scores. Concentrated poverty is far more harmful than the mixing of incomes in a neighborhood. The rate at which local residents are displaced by richer people moving in is relatively low, and they don’t necessarily move to poorer neighborhoods. Gentrification has unjustly become a dirty word when it generally has a positive effect.
Gentrification uproots poor communities, which are traditionally non-white, to make certain areas more suitable for white and wealthy people, holds Daniel José Older of Salon. To minority groups that are marginalized economically and socially, community is a pillar of stability. Breaking it up and scattering residents hurts them by taking them out of the comfort zone they built over decades. Gentrification is enforced through the police and economic marginalization, which is deeply damaging. Food is another aspect of gentrification; certain dishes are cherry-picked to become trendy, which makes them unaffordable to the cultures that invented them.