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Author: mariam traore (Page 3 of 9)

Proposal

For this unit I would like to teach my audience the impact of their transition and what it has on the people in the neighborhood and also the neighborhood itself. We already know the cause or atleast the process but many people aren’t aware of the effect because they are blind to it. The audience that I’m trying to reach are the folks who are blind to it, not knowing what’s truly happened because they are the cause. They aren’t doing it intentionally, a deal is a deal, and being able to get an apartment for a ‘good’ price in certain cities most people wont turn down. The genre that i’m planning to write is informal or historical fiction, dating things back so that it’ll be able to differentiate the pass and the present. Of course with time things change but they normally change for the better, in this case it’s half and half it benefits one while torturing another. Also news articles because with gentrification can cause so many things, for example like headaches, the consistent sounds of machinery going on, which can lead people to having a bad day and so on. What I plan on doing to get started is to talk about the current and later talking about the past and conclude on the tie that they have on one another. The one thing that I might be concerned about is holding everything together and not losing my audience in my writing.  Trying to make it interesting while still being informal. I tend to have a tendency of rambling on especially when it comes to my explanation. Also when explaining the evidence I tend to make it so that it’s geared one way. I want the audience to be able to decide and actually gain knowledge.    

 

Unit 3, figuring out my audience

Well while writing my essay I originally thought that I wanted my audience to be from people in the neighborhoods that are being gentrified, mainly minorities but after thinking about it I think I’m aiming to inform a different group of people. My audience are people who are unaware of their transition from their neighborhood into a low income neighborhood and the impact that it has on the natives of1 the neighborhood. The genre that I think is best is probably news articles and collected data. Being able to show them with numbers and the people’s words. While their up high in their high rise condos down below is a divided world. So trying to bring that view just a little but lower so that they are able to see. Pictures are also another one, everyone knows that a picture has a thousand words. Even history, showing them the history of the land and what monuments might have been there before it was knocked down. So for unit 3 i would like to write about before and afters, how the neighborhood was previously to prior, the good and the bad. To prove that their move definitely had an impact on the people, just because something works for you doesn’t mean that it will be able to work for the next person. 

 

Rough draft

Gentrification is the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to a middle-class taste.Gentrification tends to affect people in lower class communities and praise on white wealthy people.People are leaving their homes because they can no longer afford it due to this process of renovation. According to https://nextcity.org/gentrificationtimeline they state “1985 California passes the Ellis Act, which provides landlords a way of changing their rent-controlled apartments to market rate. Today, critics cite the act as a driving force behind mass evictions in gentrifying San Francisco.”  landlords are raising the prices to their tenants. Why is this being done because the value of the land is increasing due to the many ‘projects’ happening around. With this many people are forced out the place that they call home, not being able to keep up with rent. The prices rising are the seeds to gentrification, how gentrification rises, once the lower income families move out the wealthy begin moving into a new renovated neighborhood. With little to no clue that the place they now call home was once a neighborhood filled with minorities of the lower-class.

According to “Study Provides a Map of Gentrification and Resident Displacement Nationwide” written by Steve Dubb he states “Displacement of Black and [Latinx] residents accompanied gentrification in many places and impacted at least 135,000 people in our study period. In Washington, DC, 20,000 black residents were displaced, and in Portland, Oregon, 13 percent of the Black community was displaced over the decade.Seven cities accounted for nearly half of the gentrification nationally: New York City, Los Angeles, D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore, San Diego, and Chicago.79 percent of gentrifying tracts are within cities with one million or more residents.The displacement numbers seem low, but the authors used fairly narrow definitions of gentrification and displacement.”–Black and Hispanic minorities have the biggest percentiles when it comes to displacement. Studies have shown that the tourist attraction cities such as New York City and Los Angeles have become some of the nations hotspot for gentrification. For example 79 percent of gentrification in the states are cities with a population of one million or more. With these cities being tourist attraction cities, prices increase on one side of town while the underprivileged side of town is more moderate. This leads to people moving into low income neighborhoods, yet these neighborhoods are filled with minorities. With these new guests in the neighborhood prices begin to increase, rent, groceries and bills. Although the prices are increasing it doesn’t affect the new guest because they have the means for, on the other hand the minorities who were originally in the neighborhood are no longer able to afford their homes and the food they put on the table. Leading these minorities out the neighborhood. Yet what’s most shocking about this is that the studies and the data collected aren’t even as accurate as they seem. The definition of gentrification gets manipulated and data is based off of that definition. If we look at the  google definition of gentrification it says that gentrification is the process of a poor area being changed by wealthier people moving in improving the neighborhood which attract businesses displacing the current people in the neighborhood. Yet this article states thats  

 

https://cityobservatory.org/how-gentrification-benefits-long-time-residents-of-low-income-neighborhoods/

“an important innovation of their work is linking data for individuals across the two time periods, to measure in detail what happened to a neighborhood’s original residents. The study uses a definition based on changes in the relative educational attainment of adults in Census tracts; gentrifying neighborhoods are the low income census tracts in central cities of the nation’s 100 largest metro areas that recorded the highest rates of increase in adult educational attainment over the past decade or so.  …The most common critique of gentrification is the notion that it forces long-term residents, especially low income renters, out of the neighborhood. Brummet and Reed stratify households by education level (which is a good proxy for income levels).  They find that gentrification has a very small impact on the tendency of less educated renter households to move away from the neighborhood.  Over a ten-year period, about 60 percent of less educated renters moved out of their neighborhood, regardless of whether it gentrified.”This article states that the data collected is from the census from educational attainment. Meaning that folks that have some educational background data is being collected. Well the less educated were almost naturally placed into the neighborhoods they live in, it’s usually NYCHA public housing or Section 8 funded apartments, which is affordable to the “less” educated”. In the neighborhoods with low income people there’s a huge population of immigrants.These immigrants go to work and do 8,12 and 16 hour shifts just to be able to put food on the table, keep up with rent and send money back home to their struggling families. Having to bear with all of this, living check to check and then to find out you soon won’t be able to keep up with going on around you because of weather people. The article also says that the less educated don’t receive that much impact when it comes to moving out of a neighborhood. Definitely, I mean 100% disagree with this. Times have changed back in the day there were things like section 8 which was a program with low income people and ( keep writing)…..

The article states that the less educated leave wither their neighborhood has not gone through gentrification.Yet that’s the thing, one of the main things that happen right before a neighborhood could go through the gentrification process is rent increase. Which is the leading factor for people departing their homes. Not being able to keep up with rent, landlords are forced to kick people out because that’s also their source of income. Landlords also up the price of rent when the property’s value goes up. Of course people dont leave after gentrification as much but leading to people beginning to pack their bags, things like grocery start increasing, stores that you would find in the higher upscale neighborhoods are slowly making their way to your low income neighborhood.  

memo

Why I wrote it well, gentrification whether you could see or not is all around us. Especially us individuals who live in cities with populations over a million. While we sleep there are people just thinking up ideas on how they are going to transform a community. Their intention might be to help the community but the outcome is favorable to people who never even stepped foot into the neighborhood. Well I was hoping that it would get people to realize that the place that they call home may one day be gone and torn down and transformed into a high rise luxury apartment complex. So far I think I’m doing okay. The issue that I’m having is that I’m begging to talk about my standpoint on the issue. I’m proud that I don’t have to go far to look for information. I need help with tying all my evidence together to support my question.

 

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