Plight of the Early Gentrifier

Fenster writes:

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.

About Fenster

Gainfully employed for thirty years, including as one of those high paid college administrators faculty complain about. Earned Ph.D. late in life and converted to the faculty side. Those damn administrators are ruining everything.
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4 Responses to Plight of the Early Gentrifier

  1. ironrailsironweights says:

    What I find most amusing in the paragraph is that people on the block actually feared negative impacts from the Barclays Center arena. It is several blocks away from the Barclays site, with Atlantic Avenue and the Atlantic Center mall and train station effectively walling it off, and DeKalb Avenue is not a logical route for anyone driving to the arena.



  2. Fenster says:

    I love the “quintessentially so”, too, as well as the pomo styled a(nother).


  3. I suspect that the instinct to want to close the door behind you when you’ve made it into a nice living situation is a Genuine Human Universal. If you’ve got a good thing going, why wouldn’t you want to conserve and protect it? That doesn’t mean you don’t wish other people well, just that you wish they’d go elsewhere.


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