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The Research Sites and Methods

Japonica Brown-Saracino

in A Neighborhood That Never Changes

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780226076621
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226076645 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226076645.003.0002
The Research Sites and Methods

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This chapter examines the gentrification of four sites: two Chicago neighborhoods (Andersonville and Argyle) and two small New England towns (Dresden, Maine; and Provincetown, Massachusetts). Specifically, it explores the factors that motivate gentrifiers' relocation to the central city or a small town, their practices, and the response of residents—new and old alike—to gentrification. Census data are used to select sites that over the past decade have experienced demographic change indicative of gentrification, such as rising property values and median income. The selected sites vary in terms of longtime residents' racial, ethnic, and occupational characteristics, stage of gentrification, and population, as well as in terms of newcomers' characteristics. Two are in urban areas, and two are small towns.

Keywords: gentrification; Chicago neighborhoods; New England towns; census data; demographic change; urban areas

Chapter.  7458 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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