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Our G.H.E.T.T.O. GALLERY EXHIBITION is dedicated to the memory of the late great Beauty Turner, A National Award winning writer and photo journalist, an activist and fighter for the people.

Beauty established Beauty's Ghetto Bus Tour and took you behind the walls of public housing and showed participants the CHA plan for transformation at work, transforming communities and lives.

Beauty Turner received international fame with her "Ghetto Bus tours"

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As students of the late great Beauty Turner we continue the tradition of telling our story and giving a voice to the voiceless.

We offer the G.H.E.T.T.O. Gallery Exhibition of art and artifacts and information in the examination of Gentrification Chicago style, Dislocation and community transformation in less than a generation.

We also offer a tour based on the original tour established by Beauty Turner. Our G.H.E.T.T.O. Tour takes you down memory lane as we examine first hand the community transformation through gentrification. We visit the sites of the old "project" buildings and see the ghost a failed project where "people have been replaced by property".

At the end of the tour you will visit Ghetto Gallery Exhibition which holds a unique display of photos, memories and artifacts, as well as souvenirs and keepsakes.

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Gentrification signals change in a neighborhood. In economic terms, it means that the value and cost of neighborhood housing is higher. This change encourages some people to invest in homes, condominiums, apartments and businesses, while it forces others to leave. Gentrification means different things to different people. Some consider it a positive sign of reinvestment in a neighborhood while others resent the changes in population and character. Some are happy to see a Starbucks on the corner, while others see a local coffee shop losing customers and retail space.
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Gang Leader for a Day: Sudhir Venkatesh

The reasons are complex. Local government usually welcomes development because these investments generate taxes. As the value of a property increases, tax rates rise. These taxes are used to provide basic city services such as road maintenance, police and fire protection,

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and health resources. Sometimes city governments will develop public and private projects to encourage others to invest in a neighborhood previously ignored by banks, developers and businesses. This can be done with special tax incentives to businesses and other financial incentives. Often developers and local businesses expect support from politicians because they contribute to campaigns and pay property taxes.
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Harold Ickies Projects "Poverty in Chicago" PBS Documentary

Traditionally, gentrification occurs in low-income neighborhoods that have previously suffered from disinvestments. Many of these neighborhoods were changed by the middle class flight to the suburbs in the sixties and seventies. Why did people leave in the first place? Many think that the suburbs are safer and provide better schools. Others want larger homes and yards for children and animals.
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The Last Robert Taylor Homes Hi-Rise Demolition, Pt. 5

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Chicago Housing Projects

Gentrification is a complex phenomenon that happens in many cities of the United States, especially in low-income neighborhoods that have previously suffered from disinvestments
Gentrification leads low and moderate-income residents to leave their neighborhoods due to increasing property taxes
Gentrification can be measured objectively and subjectively
Gentrification offers both advantages and disadvantages for investors and residents of poor neighborhoods
There are strategies to moderate gentrification to assist those vulnerable to displacement
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