As my first research project, I have chosen to delve into the processes of gentrification around the world, with a case study I photographically examined in Cork, Ireland in parallel to my research of a case study in New York City’s Harlem. As I have worked in Harlem for three summers and have lived in Cork for five months just this year, the idea of ongoing gentrification of both areas both fascinate and worry me. Gentrification is characterized by the coerced or forced removal of one neighborhood to be replaced by another set of residents, often more affluent than those they are replacing. Gentrification thrives by diminishing affordable housing in order to displace the existing population, with hopes that more affluent residents could bring economic growth to the area. What contrasts these two case studies is that Cork desperately seeks to gentrify it’s dilapidated city and expand it’s population, whereas Harlem is vigorously fighting against the continual gentrification of their historically black neighborhoods and fight for their right to remain in their city.