By Courtney Dillard
Gentrification is the process of rebuilding a neighborhood to accompany an increase of middle or upper class residents. As the community changes, residents who cannot afford property tax increases are displaced. Gentrification is a hot topic here in Chicago, where neighborhoods that have been immigrant communities for decades are seeing an increase of Millennials and young families moving in.
The word itself is a cause for debate because some people say gentrification reflects economic development, while others ask what the cost of that development truly is. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, DePaul University professor Euan Hague, and Amie Sell, a community activist, explain what gentrification looks like in Pilsen and Logan Square.