Sunday, May 07, 2006

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Gentrification and de-gentrification: What to look out for.

Posted by Buffer Bear @ 12:29 AM (669 views)
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1. Sirgoogle said...

Nice article. But seriously, the observation of visual indicators is a very real factor in setting the value of property in an area. I remember sweeping our street with a couple of neighbours (because the council only did it once a year) just to keep it looking nice while one of the houses was on the market. Note that the planning authorities had insisted that all houses had been built with gravel drives - with the obvious result that bits of gravel and sand ended up on the tarmac.

In Bosnia in 1996 NATO used a suite of visual indicators in a survey to help track the "return to normality". It was very sensitive in showing returning affulance and the effectiveness of the re-establishment of local council services. I seem to remember that the ODPM also considered such an independent survey a few years ago for the UK. Not sure what happened to it however.

Sunday, May 7, 2006 11:17AM Report Comment

2. Ticktock said...

.....and people say that class is not a contemporary issue at all, and that concepts of class conflict are for historians alone.

A thousand appologies to the Middle Class for the return of the 'de-gentrification spectre', it must be terrible news for speculative real estate portfollios in areas where British Working Class resistance ( to your American ideology) have not been entirely erradicated.

Your days of plenty are numbered.

Sunday, May 7, 2006 01:27PM Report Comment

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4. Ticktocktheredclock said...

Ed. OK, what about this one then, is this more acceptable?

...and some say that class is no longer of any significance. How can class conflict be considered an out dated concept, whilst attempted Middle class social engineering is so contemporary?
Class divisions are as great now as they have always been,and the gap between rich and poor continues to grow at a rate that turns all but the American stomach.
It is extreemly unfortunate for property investers if the on-going expansion of 'the poor' into previously 'gentrified' areas damages their speculative investments. How inconsiderate of those poverty stricken peasents to not account for this before being made redundant!

Sunday, May 7, 2006 07:04PM Report Comment

5. Uncle Tom said...

I loved the list of tell-tale signs at the end of the piece..

Monday, May 8, 2006 08:25AM Report Comment

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