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De-coding Gentrification Phrases

Changes to a nabe can bring out the best and the worst in people. Some want the newest chain to make life more convenient, while others see the changes as impacting the area's character and yet another sign they're on limited time before being pushed out. These emotions can reach a boiling point at neighborhood meetings where phrases like "dog parks", "bicycle lanes", and "long-time residents" are thrown around and can be loaded phrases for newcomers, gentrifiers, and class. [GGW]