Study reveals true extent of gentrification

Gentrification is a more diverse process than previously thought, according to research published by the Economic and Social Research Council this week.

A study led by Gary Bridge of the University of Bristol argues that gentrification, traditionally used to describe the process where districts change to reflect middle-class tastes, masks a range of lifestyles and motivations. It shows how gentrified areas of cities outside London contain a greater social mix than those in the capital.

Bridge said: "There are patterns and processes revealed in a provincial city that are distinct from the global cities where most media attention and research have been focused."

Housing, Taste and Place: The Housing History of Gentrifiers is available, free, from Becky Gammon (tel) 01793 413122.

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