What Role Do Artists Play in Gentrification?


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Gentrification fascinates and ultimately depresses me, having lived through it in a few different places. It always seems to start with artists and musicians and other creative types, but this article really drives home the reality that the young artists moving in to lower-income neighborhoods these days are mostly college educated careerists.

That really changes the whole face of gentrification, even if the end result is the same. The college educated careerists were usually the second part of gentrification, coming in after the poor artists established an area (and forcing the artists out). Now they seem to be cutting the non-college educated, non-careerists out of the equation completely.

The article is mostly about New York, but it could be about any big city.