Digital Nomads Are The New Gentrifiers Aka Temporary Colonizers Of The Affordable Places

Almost all the walls in Medellin, Colombia’s Provenza party district, were covered with the posters: “I’ll trade an Airbnb for a neighbor and a home.” “Medellín is not for sale — stop gentrification.” “Digital nomads, temporary colonizers.”

Ana Maria Valle Villegas, a resident who lives in one of the neighborhoods most affected by the large influx of digital nomads, was the one doing the flyposting. She spent a Friday afternoon in April putting up the posters throughout the neighborhood, sparking a discussion that ranged from angry local expats complaining about the posters’ resonance with the public on the Medellin Expats Facebook group, to Medellin Twitter, and even the opinion

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