If you move to one of the few neighborhoods you can afford and, in so doing, unintentionally contribute to the raising of rents in your area, are you a gentrifier?
Some people flips houses; Goldman flips neighborhoods.
Mueller’s painting with too broad a brush. Not so much a broad brush, even: a flamethrower.
Gary Kamiya has written a thoughtful and provocative, though reasonable, essay about gentrification and the fate of San Francisco. Kamiya, while fearing that his city will turn into another Manhattan, argues that the city will change, as cities do, and rather than creating a futile us vs. them dynamic, we should accept the inevitable and maybe cool it on the preemptive class war.
In New York magazine, Joe Coscarelli looks at a digital art project by Justin Blinder which uses Google Street View “to highlight the changing landscape of various neighborhoods throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn.” Coscarelli also links to a recent story by Justin Davidson: “Is Gentrification All Bad?”