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To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the term "gentrification," Curbed National takes a look at the concept through the lens of The Real World, a pop culture menhir that has thus far banked no fewer than 30 seasons by injecting strangers into urban grit. In a quest to commodify the "realness" of post-industrial neighborhoods, the producers of The Real World consumed them, replicated them, and then souvenirized them, occupying spaces as diverse as a graffiti'd loft in NYC to a former billiards room in Denver. The whole read is this way. [Curbed National]