Gentrification is a replacement process. So it is where diversity is replaced by homogeneity, and this, I believe, undermines urbanity and changes the way we think because we have much less access to a wide variety of points of view. We are diminished by it. So literally, the range of our mind’s reach is much more limited because of gentrification.
Sarah Schulman, author of The Gentrification of the Mind. From the interview “An American Witness
Part 1: Gentrification, Trauma, & Sex” from 12th Street
This entire interview (linked) is such a powerful and informative read. And the book is highly suggested.