What we want is reinvigoration rather than gentrification (5)

(The latest in a series of posts on the Southside and Neighborhoods)

Paige Van Wirt is a Bethlehem City Councilwoman, physician, and small business owner.


Thought you might like a little light reading on Gentrification. I think it helps give perspective to what we are seeing on the southside. See the sub-links to each header.

5 Must-Read Perspectives on Gentrification

I think there is a way to retain southside residents, and the great, funky quality of life in South Bethlehem, while attempting to minimize displacement of residents, while creating a more stable housing stock  and stronger local economy.  It’s tricky, but I think it can be done.  But it must be acknowledged by the administration that not all development is “good,” especially if it changes a neighborhood’s fundamental identity. I think the right word  for what we want is reinvigoration, rather than gentrification.


One thought on “What we want is reinvigoration rather than gentrification (5)

  1. The Strong Towns site [www.strongtowns.org] — especially its knowledge base section [help.strongtowns.org/help] has a wealth of common-sense information for planning & revitalizing communities.

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