Hyper-gentrification and the urbanisation of suburbia

Ross Exo Adams, Tahl Kaminer, Maroš Krivý, Leonard Ma, Karin Matz, Timothy Moore, Helen Runting, Rutger Sjögrim

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Suburban belts and outer-city areas in global cities such as Vancouver, London and New York are undergoing little noticed structural, social and formal changes. The diverse and often contradictory uses of ‘hyper’ and ‘super’ gentrification share an understanding that the process in question is one in which already gentrified inner-city neighbourhoods are undergoing a new phase of gentrification. Hyper-gentrification is more than simply a new phase in the process, as it undermines the tenets of some of the leading gentrification theories. Hyper-gentrification undermines the theories, as a local rent gap becomes a minor concern in these global processes and Ley’s white-collar employees and their cultural preferences become irrelevant. A key outcome of the hyper-gentrification of inner-cities has been the exodus of outpriced middle-class residents. Some cities, such as London, have specifically identified the suburban belt as a focus of future housing and densification.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchitecture and Collective Life
EditorsPenny Lewis, Lorens Holm, Sandra Costa Santos
Place of PublicationLondon UK
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781003118985
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

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