These Facts about Gentrification Won't Blow Your Mind: 27 Points Toward a Pragmatic Understanding of Various Phenomena Confusingly Grouped under the Name Gentrification.

Infinite Mile Detroit, Mar. 2015.

  1. Gentrification is not a useful word.
  2. The word is meant to serve a critical function but gets used in reference to numerous correlated but distinct processes, making it counterproductive to improving urban policy.
  3. A critique of the discourse of gentrification takes for granted several shared goals: increasing social and economic equity, cultural diversity, environmental responsibility, improved quality of life, better governance of cities, and mutual respect among groups within communities. Identifying these as specific goals can improve outcomes.