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Is Bronzeville gentrifying? The Atlantic Cities' Emily Badger calls on the experts to show how Bronzeville is luring Black gentrifiers in an effort to not only raise property values but make the nabe a destination for "ethnic consumption" in the mold of Pilsen. Says one former resident: "The idea of gentrification as necessitating displacement - that understanding changed in this particular neighborhood. Gentrification became a positive word." Bronzeville's great housing stock makes it a natural target, while its legacy as "Black Metropolis" preserves a keen interest among the black middle class. But is it really such a phenomenon, or just another case of a neighborhood bettering itself over time? [Atlantic Cities]