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A Good Reputation: How Residents Fight for an American Barrio
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In A Good Reputation, we describe why Northside, a high-poverty Latinx neighborhood, did not gentrify contrary to resident and stakeholder worries and sometimes even hopes. Popular understandings of gentrification indicate a linear path toward exploitative and extractive development for poor neighborhoods of color. However, we found this process was not straightforward–especially when residents and other stakeholders have different orientations to neighborhood issues. In Northside, we found no straightforward answers or consistent approaches to neighborhood issues regarding residents’ race, class, or ethnicity. Instead, we focus on neighborhood reputation as the central construct that oriented resident ideas and actions.

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