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Jackelyn Hwang's research on gentrification in the Stanford News

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Dec 3 2020

Stanford professor’s study finds gentrification disproportionately affects minorities

Disadvantaged residents from predominately Black neighborhoods have fewer options in face of gentrification.

A new study by a Stanford sociologist has determined that the negative effects of gentrification are felt disproportionately by minority communities, whose residents have fewer options of neighborhoods they can move to compared to their white counterparts.

“If we look at where people end up if they move, poor residents moving from historically Black gentrifying neighborhoods tend to move to poorer non-gentrifying neighborhoods within the city, while residents moving from other gentrifying neighborhoods tend to move to wealthier neighborhoods in the city and in the suburbs,” said study co-author Jackelyn Hwang, assistant professor of sociology in Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences.

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