Liberalism and Gentrification

By Gavin Mueller, Jacobin

When it comes to gentrification, it’s well intentioned liberals who perpetuate racism in the housing market, often without realizing it. “Tying up your assets, your middle-class future, in home values does something to people. It alters their interests. It sutures a professional class, of liberal and even progressive beliefs, to the rapacious capitalist expansion into the city. The people who move to gentrifying areas tend to have liberal, tolerant, cosmopolitan sympathies. But they are aligned materially with reactionary and oppressive city restructuring, pushing them into antagonism with established residents, who do nothing for property values.”

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