Jersey City’s Changing Face Raises Questions About Impact of Development

NJTV News | March 21, 2016 | More Issues
Some fear gentrification could squeeze out working-class residents, minorities

With more and more of the city’s 15 square miles of habitable land being consumed, Jersey City could supplant Newark as the state’s largest city by the next census, which is good or bad, depending on whether you’re looking at things from street level or the penthouse.

Downtown’s dramatic transformation continues at a remarkable rate. Gentrification has brought hip new cafes, bars and restaurants to old neighborhoods and luxury housing has raised rents and property values across the board.

But at least one expert — Max Herman, who leads the Urban Studies program at New Jersey City University says this new wave of gentrification, spreading into the inner city, tcould prove combustible.

“I think most of the real estate development has been on the waterfront district and there really hasn’t been a culture clash there,” he said. “I think if anywhere we’re going to see that clash it will be in a neighborhood like Bergen-Lafayette because those areas are areas that have traditionally housed working-class people and people of color and now you have middle-class people coming in…”

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