Friday Funny: A History of Political Cartoons on the Subject of Gentrification

Cartoonists have been satirizing the issue of gentrification for almost a century. Witness the evolution of gentrification political cartoons in an article by The Guardian.
January 22, 2016, 5am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Emmanuella Kwenortey dug into the archives for a history of political cartoons focusing on the issue of gentrification.

The post, sub-titled "How an academic argument became the people's protest," opens with a cartoon from 1921 of an artist being forced out of a 'studio for rent' by some fancy looking old timers. Point made: people have been fretting about the effects of gentrification—at whatever point in the process—for a long time.

The post features some famous contributors, such as Garry Trudeau and Bill Bramhall, while staying remarkably consistent in its trope: start with grit, bring in artists, and watch the gentry follow.

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Published on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 in The Guardian Cities
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