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Representing “Neighborhood”: Growth Coalitions, Newspaper Reporting, and Gentrification in St. Louis

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Abstract:

Newspaper reporters are important actors in promoting gentrification. This study of St. Louis examines their use of a prominent representation of neighborhood in this process: dying neighborhoods in need of middle-class technical salvationists. We examine its use to help drive two processes to promoting gentrification: legitimating restructuring at actual or anticipated sites and isolating “revitalization-contaminating” communities. We discover this neighborhood representation is applied primarily to legitimate restructuring at specific sites. Revitalization-threatening neighborhoods, represented differently, indicates this representation is task specific in this city's “gentrification project.”

Keywords: gentrification; growth coalitions; neighborhoods; representation

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0033-0124.2004.05602011.x

Affiliations: 1: University of Illinois 2: California University of Pennsylvania

Publication date: May 1, 2004

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