I know this article says its a guide for “artists” but actually many of the tips are valuable for anyone who is at risk of being a “gentrifier.” Not sure if that applies to you there’s a quick way to think about it: Did you grow up in the neighborhood you’re living in? If not, now ask yourself: are the people that did grow up here being displaced because of affordability or housing stock? If yes, you are likely living in a gentrifying (or gentrified) neighborhood.
But that doesn’t mean you have to be a part of the problem. In fact, there are ways you can be part of the solution, immediately.
Let me summarize it for you though:
- put your privilege to work for others.
- Respect the history of your surroundings.
- do not assume your perspective or experience is universal or most important.
Tell us how you mitigate gentrification in your neighborhood.