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Peter Dreier is E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics and chair of the Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College. He is coauthor of several books on urban policy, including Place Matters: Metropolitics for the 21st Century. During the 1980s and early 1990s, he served as housing policy advisor and deputy to Boston Mayor Ray Flynn.

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Who Benefits from Gentrification?

Gentrification is not a force of nature, an inevitable economic trend or a preordained social phenomenon. It is the result of decisions made by real people who run institutions, seek to make profits, and are motivated by greed and power.
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