The G Word: Gentrification of Harlem

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The G-Word: The Gentrification of Harlem

Recently, there’s been a lot of controversy in Harlem because real estate developers are trying to rebrand parts of the community as NoHa and SoHa. When I got word of this,  I knew that I couldn’t continue to write my light and fluffy blog post about Things to do this Summer and Throwback Thursday without addressing the elephant in this blogger room. I can’t be Toya From Harlem and not talk about what’s going on in my community. The G word. Gentrification. This word is thrown around a lot and people often mistake it for neighborhood revitalization/rejuvenation. So I made a video about the gentrification of Harlem. Click more so you can see my video, where I explain how gentrification inspired me to start my blog and I tell you the phases/signs of Gentrification (hint: Starbucks, Starbucks, Starbucks!)

Press play to learn:

  • How the gentrification of Harlem and the erasure of Black history in Harlem inspired me to start blogging
  • The 5 phases of gentrification
  • The difference between gentrification and community rejuvenation/revitalization (because people get that shhhh twisted)

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Definition of Gentrification

– (noun)the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents (Webster).

Toya’s favorite resources on Gentrification:



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