I'm all for Boston becoming a 21st-Century city. I'm all for the beautification of Boston. I'm all for building sky scrapers. I'm all for attracting new residents to Boston. Long story short, I love my city.
Under Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston has become increasingly gentrified. Which to a certain extent is great. Boston is making more money. We're making more money for the Boston Public Schools, the Boston Public Works, the Public Safety department and for many youth programs. However, all of this economic development comes at a cost. Low-income families (mostly Black and Latino families) have been displaced from their homes. These are families who have spent generations in their neighborhoods. Now they are forced to leave as a result of the rise in the cost of living. Usually, affluent white families are replacing these low-income families. This makes gentrification more than a practice to augment a city's wealth. It makes it a race issue.
Another conflict with gentrification that many residents are concerned about is the loss of urban culture.
How has gentrification affected your community? How do we economically develop a city while respecting long time residents and maintaining urban culture?