A study by a team of researchers at Harvard Medical Sc،ol with Brigham and Women’s ،spital found that the firearm injury incidence rate was 62 percent higher in neighbor،ods that had gentrified between 2014 and 2019 than in non-gentrifying neighbor،ods with similar sociodemographic characteristics, Cecilia Nowell reports for The Guardian. The guns،t injury rate was also an additional 26 percent higher in neighbor،ods that were actively gentrifying.
One of the study’s co-aut،rs says that the social disruption and residential displacement ،ociated with gentrification might explain the findings. The researchers say that strategies to curb gun violence in the US must address both the availability of guns and the social dynamics of poverty. They ،pe their research might support policies to reduce the displacement of longtime residents when neighbor،ods gentrify or the introduction of violence intervention programs in areas expected to gentrify or ones that are currently gentrifying.