Gentrification in Gainesville is happening at a rapid and visually apparent pace.
Through 2016, The Fine Print ran a four-part series on gentrification in Gainesville. Since the series ended, the purchasing and restoration of property in low-income areas has continued at a rapid pace. People who have lived in historic neighborhoods like Porters Community for decades are being pushed further and further from the center of the city as rent prices soar. The architectural and social makeup of what used to be predominantly black neighborhoods is morphing as students from the University of Florida and young investors now occupy much of town. Neighborhoods like 5th Avenue to Pleasant Street and Porters Community near Depot Avenue are only some of the areas in Gainesville that feel the displacing effects of gentrification. •
Construction of ‘The Nine’ apartment building on SW 13th Street, where the India Cultural and Education Center previously stood for 26 years.
A home in Porters deemed uninhabitable in June of 2016 by the Gainesville Code Enforcement. After a hearing with the Special Magistrate in December, its owner was given 10 days to restore the property to compliance under city ordinances. Since then, a daily fine of $50 has accrued against the owner, and will continue to do so until the property is restored or foreclosed upon.
Signs on storefront reads “Effective 11/12/2016, this location is permanently closed.” Abandoned and foreclosed lots like this one are a common sight on West University Avenue and SW 13th Street.
Hurricane BTW is constructed on West University Avenue across from residence. Dough Religion and oZoo Bar operated on the same lot for one year, until the construction of 10-story apartment building The Standard was suspected to have influenced its early exit.
Clean Cut Barber Shop and Shoe Shine on 5th Avenue. Owner Edward Earl Young, whose family-owned Mom’s Kitchen stood for 45 years on 5th Avenue until it closed in 2006, regularly attends City Hall meetings to discuss misappropriation of government funding in Gainesville. “It’s not only Mom’s Kitchen,” Young said. “It’s all the history on this street. It’s gone.”