The process of gentrification is essentially taking a neighborhood or area that is urban, for the most part, and making it open for all groups of people.
But while the process appears to be honest on paper, the practice has been a source of disagreement. According to one Michael Henry Adams, “The End of Black Harlem” may soon be a real thing coming in the future. Data from the Center for Urban Research from the City University of New York shows that Harlem’s black population decreased from 2000 to 2010.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has suggested that there is work being done to preserve the history and culture of Harlem, but the truth of the matter is that the process of gentrifying Harlem started a long time ago, decades to be exact.
Gentrification can usually start with the addition of a fancy new coffee shop or store in an urban block and spread to make a complete change in the neighborhood. The process also isn’t solely about individuals coming and going but rather from rich developers and financiers who see neighborhoods that may be forgotten or neglected and decide to change them and bring them into the future, using words such as “job creation” or “affordable housing.”