Defining, Debating And Defending Gentrification | On Point

October 15, 2015 at 11:00 AM
The relentless gentrification of America’s cities, and a white hot debate about it.

People sit at tables in a parklet outside a Mission District cafe Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in San Francisco. Finding a place to live has become so expensive and emotional that city supervisors are considering a 45-day moratorium on luxury housing in the Mission District, which has long been one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city. (AP)

For decades, money and affluence left America’s cities and moved to the suburbs. Now, that’s turned around. Money and young college grads are flooding the cities. Driving up prices. Flooding neighborhoods that were middle class and poor. We call it gentrification. It can be exciting when the new coffee shops move in. The nice sidewalks. The cash. And painful when old residents, and their culture, get shoved out. From New York to San Francisco to Portland and DC and Austin and Boston and beyond, it’s a big deal. This hour On Point, American urban gentrification, and what we want our cities to be.

– Tom Ashbrook


Adam Gopnik, staff writer for the New Yorker. (@adamgopnik)

D.W. Gibson, author and filmmaker. Author of the new book, “The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the Twenty-First Century.” (@dw_gibson)

Roberto Hernanndez, community organizer with the group, Our Mission No Eviction in San Francisco, CA.

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