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Undergraduate Research Showcase

Undergraduate research is the exploration of a specific topic within a field by an undergraduate student that makes an original contribution to the discipline.

Gentrification in Miami

Biography

Valentina Figuera AlvarezMy name is Valentina Figuera Alvarez and I am currently a Health Science major. I am interested in doing research because I want to discover and learn about new topics that affect my community and use it for practical application.

Presentation

ABSTRACT:  The growing process of gentrification has been apparent among cities that consist of low-income neighborhoods. More specifically, cities that are being bought by developers to construct more luxurious condos or expensive businesses. Cities such as Chicago and Brooklyn are among those who have already faced the consequence of gentrification. However, Miami seems to be the next city affected by gentrification among those living in low-income neighborhoods. Wynwood and Overtown are two communities where developers are taking more interest in purchasing land and creating more expensive apartments. As a result, gentrification has caused an increase in rent, displacement of residents, and erasure of culture. Because of these consequences, most residents face long-term effects that will hinder their health and education as they continue to live in those neighborhoods. Since gentrification is a process, there are still ways that residents can help prevent the spread of gentrification into other communities. Contacting local officials and participating in organizations that focus on combatting gentrification has made the most significant difference among communities that refuse to be taken over.

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Faculty Mentor

Heather Bryson

Professor of History

East Campus

hbryson@valenciacollege.edu

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