4. Actual Street Art Is Replaced with Commissioned Street Art
Grafitti is a public nuisance—unless we can commission someone to create it and make it so rich people can see it from their windows. Then it's art. We are not proponents of vandalism, but nor are we fans of cheesy-ass murals memorializing the first bread factory in the city.
Gentrifiers like to know there is a place for everything and that everything is in its place. This means that they want their street art on clean canvasses, punctuating the large windows and imported wood that comprise the landscape of their quaint little block.
If you want to see some next level gentrification, we recommend taking a trip to a spot like lower Manhattan, where large corporations create billboards and even murals in the style of the street art they helped displace.