Throwing The Poor Out of Suburbs

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Much has been written about gentrification and about the specter of poor people being displaced from cities- despite the fact that nearly every central city still has higher poverty rates than most of its suburbs.

But the City Observatory blog has an interesting post about one Atlanta suburb's attempt to gentrify not through market forces, but by using public money to buy up and destroy an apartment complex domianted by low-income African-Americans.   On other words, the city's goal isn't gentrification that might result in displacement- it is displacement as a goal in itself, gentrification or no gentrification.

 

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