Comment 53136

By adrian (registered) | Posted December 15, 2010 at 07:42:48

Gentrification is not revitalization. It's replacement. That's the point. Poor people's lives don't improve, they just need to find new places to live.

Let's not forget that many of Hamilton's poorest neighbourhoods used to be thriving communities full of successful businesses. Barton Street was not always a dead zone of abandoned storefronts. The so-called process of "gentrification" is simply a process of renewal: returning what used to be prosperous neighbourhoods back to prosperity, and attracting people back to the neighbourhoods they left when the neighbourhoods fell on hard times.

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