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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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Self-Representation: Old-Timers' Perspectives

Self-Representation: Old-Timers' Perspectives

(p.213) 7 Self-Representation: Old-Timers' Perspectives
A Neighborhood That Never Changes

Japonica Brown-Saracino

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores the response of those whom social preservationists regard as old-timers to gentrification. Drawing from interviews and observations, it documents their perspectives on community change. The chapter reveals that, in spite of their well-founded attention to old-timers' struggle, preservationists' assessment of gentrification does not always correspond with old-timers'. Social preservationists are highly attentive to gentrification's costs and, therefore, notice certain facets of the process: disenfranchised old-timers rather than those who serve on boards; the growing number of Andersonville shops that serve gay men rather than thriving Swedish ventures. The chapter also emphasizes old-timers' perspectives over those of other longtime residents whom preservationists do not seek to preserve.

Keywords:   self-representation, old-timers, gentrification, community change, social preservationists, longtime residents

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