Re: Invitation to Cherokee Street vision association, Tues 6/6

Sorry about the repost, but I appreciate this definition of gentification.

Quote the Wiki (emphasis added):

The consumption-side theory, has gained more force as an explanation for gentrification([search]). Supporters of this argument generally view the characteristics of gentrifiers themselves to be of greater importance in the understanding of gentrification. The post-industrial city, as defined in the Dictionary of Human Geography, is one with an “employment profile focused on advanced services…, [with a] profile that is materialized in a downtown skyline of office towers, arts and leisure sites, and political institutions. Its middle-class ambiance may be reflected in a distinctive politics charged with a responsible social ethos…the demand for more amenities, for greater beauty and a better quality of life in the arrangement of our cities” (616). David Ley has been one of the foremost thinkers in purporting this idea of a city that is becoming more and more influenced by the emerging “new middle class.”

Ley defines as a subset of this sector a “cultural new class,” made up of artists, cultural professionals, teachers, and other professionals outside of the private sector (1994, 56).

And, although not particularly dwelt upon in Ley’s articles, these are the FIRST STAGE GENTRIFIERS who prepare the way for the embourgeoisment of the inner city (and, in effect, the more conservative politics) that often follows them—conservative politics which often lead to decreased funding for affordable housing, stricter laws dealing with the homeless and other people affected negatively by their original displacement by the creative class.

This sentiment can also be found in Zukin’s “second-wave” observations in the artist’s lofts in Manhattan, who, when her building went “co-op” in 1979, “bade good-bye to the manufacturers, an artist, and several residents who could not afford the market prices at which our lofts were sold,” residents who were replaced by lawyers and accountants, retailers and investment bankers (1982, x).

This same process can be seen still today, as “artists move into otherwise undesirable buildings, usually make significant improvements to their spaces and their surrounding areas. Everyone benefits from these tenuous and uneasy…arrangements. Then landlords, suddenly aware that they are sitting on gold mines, rush to cash in” (Cash 2001, 39).

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