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By highwater (registered) | Posted March 27, 2010 at 18:35:16

So, I understand many people seeing gentrification as a major negative.

Some studies have shown that the displacement of the poor associated with gentrification may be more a matter of perception than fact.

Anecdotally, from my experience living in Toronto in the '80's, while gentrification may not have displaced people from their residences, community gathering places were lost. Love 'em or hate 'em, divy bars are often the only refuge for men living in rooming houses, for example. Conversions to trendy clubs and restaurants froze people out of their traditional gathering places, in much the same way as seniors are displaced when enclosed malls are replaced with power centres.

Perhaps as neighbourhoods gentrify, should Hamilton ever be so lucky, as much emphasis needs to be placed on keeping public and semi-public places accessible and inclusive, as on the residential mix.

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