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Blockbusting is the illegal practice of deliberately escalating the cost of a house in an attempt to keep out certain minorities, such as African Americans, from a particular neighborhood. African Americans, also known as Afro-Americans or black Americans, are an ethnic group in the United States of America whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Sub-Saharan and West Africa. ... Neighbourhood is also a term in topology. ...

Alternatively and in contradiction to the preceding definiton, "blockbusting" refers to the practice whereby neighbourhoods demonstrating exclusivity based on social differences, particularly of race, have their perceived 'exclusive' nature broken down in order to encourage the sale of properties and in-migration of formerly excluded social groups. It has been suggested that the term originated with the practice in Chicago where in order to accommodate the out-migration of economically successful residents to better neighbourhoods outside ghettos, people were hired to create a visual presence in the restricted neighbourhoods and thus, encourage residents to sell their properties and move to still more restrictivve suburbs. For example, female black women were paid/encouraged to push baby carriages in exclusive white neighbourhoods to encourage white residents to sell their properties on the premise property values would decline with an increase in the visible social differences that characterized neighbouring ghettos.

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Blockbusters - UKGameshows (1717 words)
All contestants, successful or otherwise, took away the (apparently much-coveted) 'Blockbusters' sweatshirt (or rugby shirt, depending on the year), dictionary and personal organiser.
Blockbusters started life in the USA in 1980, one of the many Mark Goodson game-shows.
Blockbusters was notable for being the first show on British TV to run five times a week.
Blockbusters under review - realfooty.com.au (562 words)
The automatic status of blockbuster matches between Melbourne's "big four" clubs is under threat because of poor attendances in some of those games.
Asked why there was a review of the twice-a-year blockbusters, Demetriou said, "because the AFL always has the policy of maximising attendances".
St Kilda, with its exciting young list and large latent supporter base, would have claims to blockbusters next year if it continued to win games, although the fact that the club plays its home games at Telstra Dome, rather than the MCG, is a complication.
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