Gentrification and Political Representation: A Comparative Analysis
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This study analyzes political changes at the local level for majority black political districts experiencing gentrification. Using a unique dataset, containing local election and neighborhood change data from 1990 to 2010, we assess whether gentrification is associated with the loss of black elected officials at the municipal level in US cities that contain some of the fastest gentrifying black neighborhoods. Our findings suggest that the extent of black political loss is mediated by the city’s political context and type of demographic change occurring both at the city and neighborhood level.