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HCAP talks back 

To the editor,

Regarding "Where goes the neighbourhood?" by Lis Van Berkel, April 12: We would like to clarify that the Halifax Coalition Against Poverty does not take responsibility for any anti-gentrification graffiti, "unofficially" or otherwise. That said, HCAP understands and supports the frustration of those negatively affected by gentrification in the north end.

HCAP recognizes that gentrification is a social and economic phenomenon that characterizes capitalist development in urban centers. Gentrification causes rents to increase, leading to greater economic insecurity, displacement, hunger and homelessness for poor and working people. In the historic north end of Halifax, those who do not fit within the vision of a yuppie colony of condos, high-end apartments and boutique stores and galleries selling luxury goods and services are being pushed out.

HCAP knows gentrification is a complex process worthy of investigation and discussion. Most importantly, HCAP knows where we stand in the class struggle that is inherent to capitalism; that is, squarely on the side of poor and working people. Therefore, HCAP fights for rent control, more affordable housing, higher social assistance and a living minimum wage as means to curb the destructive aspects of gentrification.

By Halifax Coalition Against Poverty

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