(Not) Discussing Gentrification: An American Problem

Vinnie Rotondaro and Maura Ewing have a really interesting essay up at Naratively about the gentrification of Franklin Ave. in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. They talk to a lot of people—newcomers and people who have been there for decades—about the changes; it’s way more in depth than a lot of gentrification articles tend to me. (“Gentrification is here,” says Oton, the Calabar shops owner. “This is the avenue that is really dancing around it. We don’t want to talk about it. We’re afraid to have conversations about race and income and class. And that’s an American problem.”) (thx Emily!)



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