Steve Sailer reports on gentrifying versus non-gentrifying neighborhoods in Brooklyn here. Which causes me to think of the plight of the early gentrifier, someone who is always of two minds about the later gentrifier.
The New York Times recently ran an article in which residents of various neighborhoods around the city were asked to reflect on the question “what is the state of your block?”
Given that so many neighborhoods are experiencing gentrification in one form or another, that topic was the theme of a number of interviews. The responses were revealing. My favorite:
Dekalb Avenue between Clermont and Vanderbilt Avenues, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
The state of my block is: Gentrifying. And almost quintessentially so. In just the last year or two we’ve seen housing turn over rapidly, new outposts from multiple trendy Williamsburg restaurants, and the conversion of the one-man dental practice into a(nother) wine store. Good food, corner recycling cans and new bike routes are perks. And fortunately Barclays has had less of an impact than feared. Of course, as residents of the area for less than five years and with a child on the way, my partner and I are very much part of this change, even if simultaneously, as renters with a modest income, we wonder how long we’ll be able to stay. – Gordon
A lot going on in that paragraph.