The reason the "wave of gentrification" has occured is because people like them moved in. You cannot live in your own little Epcot Center, preserving the cute ethnic flavor while eliminating the poor, crime and grime. Jamaica Plain is the epitome of gentrification and would make a worthwhile candidate for any study on the subject. Today it resembles a mini-Vermont, full of washed up old hippies, little arts and crafts stores, organic bistros, and a large assortment of galleries and "art spaces.""As the archdiocese considers offers on the 3-acre property, perched at a prime spot on Centre Street between Hyde and Jackson squares, many residents fear it will be sold to the highest bidder, possibly a private developer who would turn the church into luxury condos, or worse, a high-end shopping center with a Starbucks.
And that, they fear, would accelerate the wave of gentrification that has crept down Centre Street, stamping out the area's unique flavor and pricing out the very people who rebuilt the neighborhood."
It's called the "free market." You were not opposed to it's method of operation when you paid <$100,000 for your home 10 years ago.''Now outsiders are coming in. They know nothing about our community. They are here just looking to make money. It's wrong."
Again, see "free market." Would these residents have enjoyed this type of assualt on their plans when they sought to buy a few years back? The purchase of homes in this area by upper-income white professionals is what drives gentrification, not the developers' responses to market forces. They created the market, and now seek to keep all others out.Neighborhood activists have also targeted one luxury condo developer, who has expressed interest in the site. In a letter posted on the Internet with the man's name, address, and phone number, Neighbors Against Gentrification asked residents to let him know that they will do everything within their ''power to make the zoning process extremely difficult for him."