The Impact of Gentrification in Montreal

by Béatrice Provençal on October 5, 2017 - 9:45am

The article ‘’«Quartiers sous tension»: bon ou mauvais, les dessous de la gentrification,’’ determines the negative and positive effects of gentrification in neighbourhoods of Montreal. Thus, gentrification is when low-income neighbourhoods become resettled by higher-income individuals. It creates inequalities because people that are wealthier have a greater use and control over space than the poorer people in the same community. On one hand, the phenomenon of gentrification can be negative for people that are poorer. Therefore, they are the one that often receive a notice of deportation because they either do not have the means to stay or someone more influential order them to live. Moreover, it is often the most vulnerable that have to leave their neighbourhoods. Then, gentrification comes into play when individuals such as students who want to live in a certain area where the prices are lower. Thus, when they reside it makes neighbourhoods more affluent and more expensive so those who were already there with less income cannot stay because of economic conditions. On the other hand, it can be positive because people that became wealth can potentially return in their neighbourhoods to improve them by being involved in the society.

This article reflects one of the most problematic issues in our society. It is a social issue because gentrification causes massive displacement toward big city. Thus, the city became overpopulated and it creates even more problems. Therefore, to avoid this, there should be awareness campaign against gentrification to help people that cannot do anything against it. I believe that one day communities and individuals will help each other’s to fight against this injustice of inequalities.



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