Something that’s absent in a lot of casual conversations I’ve seen on here and in person about gentrification in cities is what happens to people when they’re pushed out of their neighborhoods. But, the damage doesn’t stop there.
Many, many people are pushed out of the metropolitan area entirely and into suburbs and exurbs. My city (71 Miles North of LA) has almost doubled in population over twenty years. Most of the people who are here came because they were priced out of the housing market in the San Fernando Valley and central Los Ángeles.
This wouldn’t be an issue if resources weren’t so intensely focused in the Los Ángeles metro-area. The unemployment rate here is double digits (14% for adults, something like 25-30% for youth), social services are strained because of poor allocation by the county and state and available jobs are almost all in the LA-metro area. People are being pushed to the literal limit (the commute for many people in this region is at least 100 minutes, five times a day, at least; something absurd like 45% of workers commute).
This is an awful, untenable situation. But, hey, Downtown looks nicer than it ever has.