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A Neighborhood That Never ChangesGentrification, Social Preservation, and the Search for Authenticity$
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Japonica Brown-Saracino

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226076621

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226076645.001.0001

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The Research Sites and Methods

The Research Sites and Methods

(p.22) 1 The Research Sites and Methods
A Neighborhood That Never Changes

Japonica Brown-Saracino

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the gentrification of four sites: two Chicago neighborhoods (Andersonville and Argyle) and two small New England towns (Dresden, Maine; and Provincetown, Massachusetts). Specifically, it explores the factors that motivate gentrifiers' relocation to the central city or a small town, their practices, and the response of residents—new and old alike—to gentrification. Census data are used to select sites that over the past decade have experienced demographic change indicative of gentrification, such as rising property values and median income. The selected sites vary in terms of longtime residents' racial, ethnic, and occupational characteristics, stage of gentrification, and population, as well as in terms of newcomers' characteristics. Two are in urban areas, and two are small towns.

Keywords:   gentrification, Chicago neighborhoods, New England towns, census data, demographic change, urban areas

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