The Gentrification of Bronzeville and Pilsen
This chapter examines how race and ethnicity get attached to neighborhood change by comparing and contrasting the presumed gentrification of two Chicago neighborhoods, Pilsen and Bronzeville: the first is predominantly black and the other is predominantly Latino. More specifically, it considers the role played by representations in the process of facilitating a neighborhood's shift toward gentrification. Drawing on observations in both Pilsen and Bronzeville, it analyzes the notion that tension arises because the higher-income households tend to identify by class rather than race or ethnicity, while the lower-income households do the opposite. It argues that both reactions to neighborhood change are opposite sides of the same coin and linked to the widespread acceptance of higher-income, usually white people displacing lower-income, usually nonwhite people.
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