You can predict city gentrification through check-ins and tweets

Engadget

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.


Something about the Boyle Heights anti-gentrification movement feels familiar

Los Angeles Times

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.


Palestinians in historic town face Israeli gentrification threat

Al Jazeera

Some say its an architectural "jewel in the crown" of an ancient port in Israel. But the Khan al-Umdan - in the old city of Acre - has been neglected to the point of near collapse. Despite the gentrification of Acre and the money being lavished on the city, Khan al-Umdan is a crumbling shell, ruled too dangerous to enter. Palestinians say the 18th-century centre for sailors is a symbol of how they are being squeezed out as rich Israelis and tourists move in.



Community Advocates Discuss Race, Gentrification

U.S. News

One of Shekinah Mitchell's favorite memories in Richmond is walking out of her favorite corner store 10 years ago and serendipitously meeting the man who would become her husband. Today, that corner store no longer exists.