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gentrify

verb [T often passive] uk   /ˈdʒen.trɪ.faɪ/ disapproving us  
to change a place from being a poor area to a richer one, by people of a higher social class moving to live there: The area where I grew up has been all modernized and gentrified, and has lost all its old character.
gentrification
noun [U] uk   /ˌdʒen.trɪ.fɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us  
the process by which an area is gentrified
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