Student Name Professor Name Subject November 8, 2017 Two opposing viewpoints on gentrification process 1.Introduction In the motor world, a car is serviced after exhausting its mile coverage; in that, it’s taken off the road and taken to the ‘workshop’ then back to the road. The point is, in most situations, change is required so as to improve the efficiency of the machinery. The car is serviced and is now in the best condition to cover more mileage as well as look/be presentable for the road. Gentrification therefore is similar to the servicing of the machinery/car, only that it leans more on the housing department. It is the process of renovating old houses or districts or towns making them conform to the needs of the influx population of the affluent residents. This topic has however remained controversial and emotional amongst people in that some are for it and some against. Some argue out that gentrification brings about displacement of people, exploitation, injustices as well as low economic growth just to mention but a few, whereas others will support it and argue that it shall bring about immense growth in a particular area like the San Francisco bay area in northern California. Different people ranging from scholars to the common resides of the bay area have come up with different opinions on the gentrification process. A group maintains that it shall bring about more advantages as opposed to the disadvantages such as improvement of social amenities,
improved government policies, creation of employment, and positive interrelation amongst groups of people, improved security policies and bringing about general economic growth. However, the other group opposes the idea and claims that it shall cause displacement of people from their original homes, propel poverty, minimal development in different hoods, and it fans racism and people will not be in a position to coexist peacefully. 2.Argument Gentrification as said earlier is the process of renovating apartments/buildings and building better houses in a district or a place improving the living conditions and standards.
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