A hub of vibrant colours and a story to be found on every wall. The landscape of Belfast city centre continues to evolve, bringing local and international street artists to the forefront. However, Belfast like many other cities has started to fall victim to gentrification in more ways than one.
Gentrification is defined as “the process whereby the character of a poor urban area is changed by wealthier people moving in, improving housing, and attracting new businesses, often displacing current inhabitants in the process”.
Some call it ‘revitalization’ whilst others call it ‘displacement’. But, what role does street art play in this metamorphosis?
Adam Turkington, renowned events manager in Belfast and the leading organiser of ‘Hit the North’ street art festival in Belfast, gives his take on the question ‘Does street art lead to gentrification?’.