Revitalization or displacement: What is gentrification really?

Ask anyone who knew the Short North two decades ago, and you’ll probably hear the word gentrification come up. Although a well-known concept in the streets of Brooklyn and San Francisco — and increasingly in Columbus — gentrification is still a vague, but highly controversial concept even more than half a century after the term was first coined. A CHANGING DEFINITION FOR CHANGING NEIGHBORHOODS

Although many have tried nailing down a formal explanation, the definition for gentrification has evolved nearly as much as the cities and neighborhoods it aims to describe. The term gentrification was introduced in 1964 by Ruth Glass, a London sociologist. She wrote:

“One by one, many of the working class neighbourhoods of London have been invaded by the middle-classes—upper and lower.