Gentrification, Displacement, and Neighborhood Revitalization

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CHAPTER THREE
A Class Analysis of Gentrification

NEIL SMITH AND MICHELE LEFAIVRE

Traditional treatments of gentrification (defined as the rehabilitation of working-class inner-city neighborhoods for upper-middle class consumption) have been concerned more with simply describing the process than with explaining it. Where explanations are made, they tend to be impressionistic and eclectic; they invoke a list of likely factors rather than a theoretically rooted understanding of how urban areas grow and develop, decay and redevelop. Precisely this broader theory is available, albeit in rudimentary form, to Marxists focusing on urban political economy ( Harvey 1978; Forthcoming). This has spawned an initial attempt to explain gentrification in terms of the broader economic development of cities in a capitalist economy ( Smith 1979; 1981). While these explanations capture much of the central economic dynamic behind gentrification, they leave unexamined some of the forces invoked (as "factors") by more traditional explanations. In fact, these so- called factors are closely interrelated--population, changing job structure, energy crisis, rising house prices, and so forth. To achieve a richer explanation of gentrification it will be necessary to take a step back and demonstrate the way in which they are logically and

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Neil Smith is Assistant Professor of Geography, Columbia University. Michele LeFaivre is a graduate student in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University.

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