Moreover, the very people who tend to use Foursquare and Twitter work to the advantage of this predictive model. The researchers believe that the people who most often use these networks tend to be the affluent types who create gentrification. The very fact that they're showing up in a given region, however temporarily, may be proof enough that demographics are changing. There's only been a limited amount of testing so far, but it's promising. The check-ins and tweets accurately predicted the gentrification of London's Hackney area in recent years, and they've already identified a few additional areas (Greenwich, Hammersmith, Lambeth and Tower Hamlets) that could be next.
To the editor: The Boyle Heights masked men intent on keeping art galleries and other signs of gentrification out of the neighborhood are taking a page right out of the KKK playbook. They are protecting their neighborhood from different ethnic groups just as the hooded Klansmen protected their areas in the Deep South.
If you've lived in a big city, you're likely familiar with the impact of gentrification. For longtime residents of a neighbourhood, it can represent a decline in the culture and vibrancy of your community; for recent or prospective residents, it can represent a financial opportunity in rising home prices. For those that live in a gentrifying neighbourhood, it's one of those you-know-it-when-you-see-it things, but for economists and urban planners it can be difficult to identify. So a team of analysts at Urban Spatial to build a longitudinal model based on census tract data to quantify gentrification. Neighborhoods change because people and capital are mobile and when new neighborhood demand emerges, incumbent residents rightfully worry about displacement.
Last week, Ink! Coffee displayed a sidewalk sign that said "Happily Gentrifying the Neighborhood Since 2014" outside a store in a historically diverse neighborhood. Outrage over the message, fueled by anger over a city being dramatically transformed by an influx of newcomers, quickly spread on social media. The shop was vandalized and about 200 people protested there Saturday.