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“Why Are American Cities Becoming So Expensive?” – Real Deal English

16 Apr , 2014  

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A lot is happening in American cities these days. From San Francisco to Chattanooga, American cities are once again the focus of the American people, with many people now wanting to move into historic city neighborhoods full of character. But in this process, these neighborhoods becomes too expensive for the people that were already living there. Is this process, called “gentrification”, a good thing? A bad thing? Learn about one of the biggest topics in American society today with this episode.

Key Vocabulary:

gentrification

rent

immigrants

working class

construction workers

janitors

urban

suburbs

property values

rent

displaced

environment

to lack

social

economic

political

clout

to have a say

minorities

to increase

overall

to double

in office

rent control

trend

renewed interest

urban core

inner-cities

gated community

sub-division

ghettos

generation

environmentally friendly

Spike Lee

Hispanic

Puerto Rican

Dominican

to decline

affordable housing

crime

laws are enforced


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