It’s one of the most polarizing social constructs within the American political and economic system.
It occurs when wealthier people arrive in an existing urban, sometimes dilapidated district following reconstruction of vacant homes, occupied homes purchased by developers, or procured through eminent domain. It is often seen as controversial because its effects causes displacement in poor communities of color by rich outsiders.
But gentrification and its effects are varied and complicated.
Actor and poet Carrie K. Thomas explores all sides of gentrification in a spoken word poem of the same title. “This poem speaks on the process of improving ones home setting, but who said it needed to be improved?……” she said.
In honor of National Poetry Month, Ark Republic presents “Gentrification” by Carrie K. Thomas