United Kingdom


The term “gentrification” was first coined by British sociologist Ruth Glass in 1964 to describe her observations of what was happening to housing in parts of inner London. “One by one,” she wrote, “many of the working class quarters have been invaded by the middle class—upper and lower … until all or most of the working class occupiers are displaced and the whole social character of the district is changed.”

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