Gentrification…A benefit on Society, or A Downfall?

Tyree Bell

What is Gentrification? According to PBS’s POV Television Showcase, gentrification is a general term for the arrival of wealthier people in an existing urban district, a related increase in rents and property values, and changes in the district’s character and culture. The term is often used negatively, suggesting the displacement of poor communities by rich outsiders.
After asking multiple citizens of this country to decide if this new trend is a benefit or downfall to the economy, most of all of them had no problem in stating how they disagree with the principles of gentrification. The strongly believe that this problematic change is forcing many low-class citizens to move out of their comfortable homes, without any idea of where to go next. “They make just enough money to support the livelihood they are forced to live,” one stated. “You don’t want them living on the street, but you don’t want them living in a cheap home either! Where is the common ground? Where is the empathy?”
On the other, for those who happen to agree with the new wave of gentrification, they support it in its entirety. “It is a bad move for the economy to waste time and dedicate their lives to support poor people. If they simply have nowhere else to go, that is no one else’s problem but their own,” one stated. They also argued that the basis of this land was founded on progression, and if we are not taking the necessary actions to be progressive, then we are moving backwards.
Then, all of a sudden, there were two interesting individuals who couldn’t make a decision. “It depends on how you look at,” both agreed. This internal conflict between right and wrong enabled them to make a decision. Both shared that, to a government official, it would be a great change to generate more money for the economy, as well as stimulating cash flow with higher payers. However, to the poor resident, it would be horrific, due to the fact that, once again, they have nowhere to relocate to.
To end this debate, I would say that, in my opinion, gentrification is a good thing. It acts as a benefit to the local governments, as well as the state’s. Personally, I don’t think it should be stopped. Why? Because, as a society, we cannot prolong or stop the innovation of this country so that a small group of people can live… comfortable.