In Praise of Gentrification

Accusations levelled at gentrification in America lack force, meanwhile its benefits go unsung

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Gentrifier has surpassed many worthier slurs to become the dirtiest word in American cities. In the popular telling, hordes of well-to-do whites are descending upon poor, minority neighbourhoods that were made to endure decades of discrimination. With their…