Streets without shops: how apps are transforming our local neighbourhoods
Gentrification? “There’s an app for that,” as the saying goes. The proliferation of apps that deliver all kinds of on-demand services in urban areas — from laundry to restaurant food — just might be exacerbating the gentrification of certain neighbourhoods in many western cities. If descriptions like “the startup is diversifying its black cab app with a bubbles-and-flutes delivery service available to users in selected postcodes” no longer sound like a joke to you, you probably live in one of them.