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The New Gentrification

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Speaking of SoMa, the Chronicle spoke Saturday of its "gentrification." And lest they be accused of bandying about words that may have lost all meaning, hear them out for a sec: columnist C.W. Nevius sees the "south of" neighborhood as some sort of gentrification success story— if you could even count its story as gentrification. Once all concrete blocks and weed-strewn lots, there wasn't a population to speak of to gentrify. Now SoMa's "cool, affordable and modern," and diverse to boot. Says one thinker: "We want to move away from this idea of ghettoizing the poor, so that low-income housing and high-end luxury housing are within a block of each other." [SF Gate]