Gentrification: Blessing or Blight?

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Poor people lose out when America's city centers go from urban blight to neighborhood chic — or so goes much conventional wisdom. But new research challenges that idea, and suggests that everybody wins. We examine the costs and benefits of gentrification.


Lance Freeman, assistant professor in the Urban Planning Program at Columbia University

Bill McLennan, executive director of Paul's Place Outreach Center in Baltimore, Md.

Stephanie Cisneros, student at Downtown Magnet High School in Los Angeles; making a documentary, Gentrification Documentary

Patrick O'Connor, 40th Ward Alderman on the Chicago City Council



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