Everything was something else (restaurants and gentrification)

03/27/2014 6:15 AM by

In the same issue naming Dutch and Co. as Richmond’s Restaurant of the Year, Style Weekly’s Backpage is an essay by Matthew Freeman on restaurants’ role in gentrification:

There are quite a few newcomers to the area that cater to a different clientele than the businesses that were there before. And where once corner stores and pizza and sub shops reigned, suddenly Church Hill plays host to one of the hottest fine-dining restaurant scenes in the city. But the snowball effect started by one business’ success easily can be read as opportunistic takeover by those who mourn the loss of affordability and demographic change wrought by gentrification.

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