The Effects of Gentrification and the Increase on Federal Spending in Washington DC: A Triangulative Analysis Using the Rationale Choice Theory

Callece V. Wright

Abstract


The practice of gentrifying many urban communities has placed former inner-city dwellers out of homes and jobs, forcing them to rely more upon federal funding for assistance. Since the presidential term of former President George W. Bush on to the inauguration of President Barack Obama, the American people have been in severe lack of needed resources practically, another Great Depression. Furthermore, in order to improve property values of deteriorating neighborhoods, the city of Washington, DC has implemented a plan in many areas around the city that will rebuild, restructure, and remove low to middle income families from their homes, forcing them to relocate to non-negotiable circumstances. Gentrification has been a recurring cycle for decades and has negatively impacted families in the realms of income, jobs, schooling, accessibility, and so forth. The Rationale Choice Theory is a framework that shows the correlation between economic and social patterns amongst people. Although primarily used to distinguish the most cost-effective means to achieve a desired goal, the hypothesis that is tested in this essay is that the practice of gentrifying urban communities correlates with the increase in federal spending. This paper tests the hypothesis by using a triangulative approach, which involves a colossal amount of qualitative and quantitative data collected through credible Internet sources, scholarly journals, newspapers, and books by using the document analysis technique, augmented by interviews with local business owners who have been impacted by the change. The research findings suggest that gentrification has had a drastic effect on many urban community dwellers and has caused them to rely more heavily on tax dollars and federal spending because they have to make up the costs of relocating from communities that were once accessible.

Keywords


Gentrification, Low-income, Washington DC, Business

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