The Gentrification of America

By Bill Maher

It used to be when people talked about gentrification, they were referring to a particular neighborhood. 

But these days, gentrification can apply to entire cities. According to a Stanford study, over the past thirty years the income gap between high school grads and college grads has doubled. And as a result, high school grads are forced to live in cheaper areas with fewer amenities, while college grads are all flocking to high-cost cities like San Francisco. And the more college grads move to those cities, the more expensive everything becomes, making it even harder for lower-wage earners to live there.

So what we’re getting is Two Americas: one First Class and the other Coach. 

And while the First Class Americans are paying more, they’re getting more than their share back in services and amenities. Their schools are better, their food is better, even their air is better.

I guess the message here is, stay in school, fool. But what if you don’t want to go to college? Do we really want a country where a plumber can’t live next door to a doctor?