scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 2,422
Contemporary urban politics in South Korea has been increasingly challenged by urban development policies that are focused on redevelopments in declining areas of the metropolis In particular the governments redevelopment project in 19 Yongsan-dong 5-ga Yongsan-gu Seoul is one of the most controversial issues in urban studies of South Korea While the occupation of the US Army headquarter and railroad base had rendered the area deteriorated until the end of 1990s redevelopment project transformed the region into a new playground for the wealthy while forcing the original residents who were mostly the extreme poor to leave their homes It also caused gentrification or displacement of the poor by the middle class that promotes economic growth and stability in the region and as a result Park Town a luxury multi-use high-rise apartment complex occupies the neighborhood Nevertheless the rehabilitation project required forced sacrifice of the economically and politically underprivileged residents in the area who were exploited and marginalized by the government and project developers In fact the majority of the dwellers who were mostly old impoverished and socially isolated were forced to leave for other neighborhoods that were also under the governments renewal plan The process of redevelopment accompanied by wholesale destruction of the existing residences involved violence and injustice toward the protestors by the government and developers It also caused a real estate boom in the region in which dramatic increase in property value heavily profited the investors While the revitalization of the previously declining neighborhood fostered increase in overall land values of the surrounding areas it also caused socio-economic changes in the neighborhood in order to accommodate the lifestyles of the residents with greater purchasing power The middle class seeking to aggrandize their wealth through potential revenue from increasing property value or exploit locational advantages of the property moved to the neighborhood provoking the displacement of the poor The redevelopment as a gentrification process has promoted general economic growth and improvement of infrastructures in
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA