Our homes. Our streets.
"I’m sorry but, I mean, bring it on," GeorgeJackson said of gentrifi-cation. "We can’t just bea poor city and prosper.”George Jackson
CEO, Detroit EconomicGrowth Corporation
What is gentrification?JEN-TRI-FUH-KAH-SHUN
When a neighborhood goes from one socio-economic class to another, from working class or poor neighborhoodto a more wealthy neighborhood, and a neighborhood of many people of color to one of a race-dominant white,
What’s the big deal about gentrification?
planners and social activists have argued since the 1970’s whether this is a good thing or not.
Some people who say
to gentrification think that when people with money bring it into a poor neighborhood,it tends to lift all boats. Those with money will spend it, and that money will create jobs and opportunity for localpeople. Those who say
to gentrification, say just because people spend their money, doesn’t mean there willbe a benefit to local people. They also say, it not only doesn’t create opportunity, but it forces people to move
out because the rent goes up, then the people you know move away, and that causes a domino effect in theneighborhood changing the entire character of the neighborhood.
Is gentrification an issue in Detroit?
Recent activities in
have sparked the debate on whether gentrification is happening in Detroit, specifically inSW Detroit and the newly named, Midtown Detroit in the Cass Corridor and downtown.In one situation, tensions rose when Birmingham investors issued eviction notices for tenants of a Henry Street apart-ment
stopping the Section 8 vouchers
to make way for new renters at market rate prices. Some said, as a result of the eviction notice, they would be left homeless.Another incident occurred after Corktown restaurant owners began their entry into the Mexicantown area with a new
Hygenic Dress League mural, residents responded with graffiti that included “Stop Gentrification” and “Pinche Migra”.
Investment areas in Detroit are outlined in the Detroit Future Cities Report, through the Detroit Works Project, which
targets SW Detroit, renaming it “Greater Downtown”, with other neighborhoods. Implemented by the Detroit EconomicGrowth Corporation, the CEO of DEGC George Jackson is quoted saying, gentrification is “one of the costs of progress.”