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Displacement and Development: Conceptualizing Gentrification in a Mid-Atlantic City Open Access

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Displacement and Development: Conceptualizing Gentrification in a Mid-Atlantic CityThis paper explores the impact of gentrification on a community and which group of people benefits from gentrification. Semi-structured interviews and targeted literature reviews revealed that gentrification has both positive and negative impacts on a community. Several specific reasons, gleaned from both the literature and interviews, are used to explain why and how gentrification impacts people differently and how gentrification is understood differently by particular groups of people. These findings will inform and support a final conclusion: gentrification, when its negative impacts are mitigated through meaningful policy, can be a positive force that is beneficial to the entire community, not just a select few community members.

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