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Gentrification: Real or imagined threat?

[VIDEO] Three of the four Evanston mayoral candidates told voters at a forum Thursday night that they don’t see gentrification as a problem in Evanston these days.

But one suggested that tax increases are making the town unaffordable for all its residents.

Preventing gentrification — the replacement of residents of one income level with those who make more money — has been used in recent years as an argument in at least three controversies in Evanston:

  • By opponents of proposals for developing mostly vacant industrial land on the city’s west side
  • By proponents of restrictions on teardowns, primarily in north Evanston, and
  • By opponents of downtown redevelopment.

The forum, sponsored by the Central Street Neighbors Association, was held at Haven Middle School.

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