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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts


Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP)

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Michael Fortner

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Gentrification is in full effect and taking shape across Chicago neighborhoods which highlights the development and urban investment in the low-income and minority neighborhoods which in turn attracts higher-income demographics, displacing the residents who occupied the space previously. Many scholars have given rise to different, nuanced versions of the term gentrification which has left room for ambiguity. The ambiguity of gentrification can allow for another urban process, social mixing, to be used as a disguise in order to hide the true processes engaging a community. What this paper aims to do is pinpoint the differences between gentrification and social mixing and its social and cultural characteristics and implications based on the experience of residents within Chicagoland through an interview process. The results provide intriguing insights into how the public perception surrounding gentrification. One of the overarching takeaways was that many of the participants said yes to experiencing gentrification but then provided reasoning that did not match what gentrification is. This speaks to larger issues that may place harm on those who do not know the process they are undergoing. If these were individuals who said yes to gentrification with the wrong definition, then there are many that may say no to gentrification without knowing precisely what it is and experiencing it. What needs to be done is focusing on education on the concepts of gentrification. This can lead to better advocacy on the part of communities to address these issues and even prevent them from occurring.

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