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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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Social Preservation

Social Preservation

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A Neighborhood That Never Changes

Japonica Brown-Saracino

University of Chicago Press

This chapter documents the accounts social preservationists provide of the impetus for their relocation, which they typically locate in appreciation for ungentrified space, namely, space marked by old-timers' presence. It also explores social preservationists' vision of the future of the space in which they live, which emphasizes old-timers' sustained physical, cultural, and political presence, and their more general concern that gentrification will destroy the authenticity of their place of residence and, therefore, threaten the distinction between their home and other, less-authentic places. In concert with such concerns, social preservationists bemoan the cultural, social, political, and aesthetic implications of gentrification even as they acknowledge (and criticize) their participation in the process.

Keywords:   social preservation, relocation, old-timers, gentrification, ungentrified space, physical presence

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