Under the Button is part of a student-run nonprofit.

Please support us by disabling your ad blocker on our site.

Op-Ed: Why Gentrification Is Okay When I Do It


In the 20th century, America experienced urban white depopulation simultaneous to an influx in white suburban populations. However, recently, many white people are returning to the city in droves because of the nagging boredom inherent to suburban living. As they move back into the city, white people drive up housing costs in underdeveloped neighborhoods, replacing native residents with neoliberal urban amenities like gastropubs and cat cafés.

It is time to address the elephant in the room. 

Yes, I did move to an "up-and-coming" city this summer for cheap rent. Alert the press!

Gentrification is okay when I do it, mostly because I said so. 

For example: I think it's fine, so it is. 

Another example: I think it's okay, and it is. 

You see where I'm going with this? 

I could understand one's confusion: How could she, a native West Philadelphian and vocal advocate against Penn's continued and relentless geopolitical domination of my home community, have transplanted herself into a similarly struggling community in a different city this summer (the Big Apple) for the simple sake of leisure and relaxation?

First of all, mind your business. What I do and spend my money on is a concern uniquely mine. 

I'm not even sure why you clicked on this article. Were you looking for a laugh? Were you looking to relish in the idiocy of a self-proclaimed gentrifier despite being a suburban leech yourself? Perhaps you were in search of some karmic relief, attempting to negate the ethical pressure of essentially vacationing in West Philly for four years? 

You're pathetic.