We have just released our latest Secret Agent report!
Most of us have heard of gentrification and associated it with the Melbourne suburbs of Brunswick, Abbotsford, Footscray and Collingwood. These suburbs have gone through huge transformations in the past decade or so. From unattractive areas, high in crime and drug use, they’ve become popular places to visit because of their edgy vibe as well as their trendy food destinations. The areas have been cleaned up and crime has decreased. Younger people especially, are easily seduced into moving to an area once they experience the lifestyle. They desire the convenience of being located close to work, whether that be in the CBD or tech hubs such as Collingwood and Cremorne.
Gentrification is a lot more complex than the revitalisation of an area. In fact it is very different. It’s not about the old being replaced by the new, or poor becoming improved.
This report Secret Agent is going to take a deeper look at gentrification and the way it affects urban neighbourhoods.