Representing “neighborhood”: Growth coalitions, newspaper reporting, and gentrification in St. Louis

David Wilson, Thomas Mueller

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Newspaper reporters are important actors in promoting gentrification. This study of St. Louis examines their use of a prominent representation of neighborhood in this process: dying neighborhoods in need of middle-class technical salvationists. We examine its use to help drive two processes to promoting gentrification: legitimating restructuring at actual or anticipated sites and isolating “revitalization-contaminating” communities. We discover this neighborhood representation is applied primarily to legitimate restructuring at specific sites. Revitalization-threatening neighborhoods, represented differently, indicates this representation is task specific in this city's “gentrification project.”

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-294
Number of pages13
JournalProfessional Geographer
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2004


  • Gentrification
  • Growth coalitions
  • Neighborhoods
  • Representation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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