Development en masse is not new to Stamford; however, this time there is widespread concern and skepticism regarding the scope of development and the effects it will have on the city. The belief that development in Stamford will lead to gentrification is based on a more general belief that development leads to gentrification, rather than on what is really happening in Stamford.
In a recent op-ed, Andrew Deener, from the UConn Department of Sociology, and Jonathan Wynn, from UMass-Amherst, argued that gentrification could play a positive role in Hartford. Gentrification has carried a negative connotation for decades, perceived as the process by which new residents or developers invest in communities, raising property values and forcing poorer residents out. Deener and Wynn make a compelling case that the most negative effects of gentrification are felt in large cities like New York and Boston and that smaller cities like Hartford may experience positive effects.