What is Gentrification?

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The East Bay Express calls it the "bacon-wrapped economy" -- once diverse, affordable neighborhoods transforming into hotbeds of techie hipsterism. The debate over gentrification is a perennial one, but it has reached a fever pitch in recent months. Still, the loaded "G-word" means different things to different people, and encompasses thorny issues of race, class, development and displacement. As part of our "Priced Out" series, we ask several leading Bay Area thinkers -- and our listeners -- what gentrification means to them -- and to the region.


Ayodele Nzinga, artistic director, The Lower Bottom Playaz; participant in "Here. Before. Art From A Contested Space" at de Fremery Park in West Oakland

Randy Shaw, director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic in San Francisco; author of "The Activist's Handbook, Second Edition: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century"

Rebecca Solnit, essayist and author of "Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas" and "Hollow City: Gentrification and the Eviction of Urban Culture"

Farhad Manjoo, technology columnist, Wall Street Journal