Wednesday, July 24, 2013

More Politicking, More Gentrification

(image via Politicker)

Some links and tidbits following up on Monday's gentrification-and-politics mega-post

- Three comments on gentrification in Brooklyn, one written by a Brooklyn nativeone by a recent arrival, and one from The Onion, were passed along by friends over the last few days. Readers, your thoughts? MikeF/Whynot has been writing quite a bit of commentary about them and the neighborhood changes in general over at Brooklynian as well (though I have yet to see his hard-hitting take on The Onion's piece).

- Despite the New Republic's admonition that "the hipster vote is meaningless in New York City," Bill de Blasio is actively courting it, first with last week's fundraiser at Crown Inn and now with a "Hipsters for de Blasio" fundraiser this Saturday at Rosco's Pizza. Hipsters or non-hipsters, are you going? Supporting de Blasio? 

10 comments:

  1. I think more hipsters go to Gueros (across the street), frankly....hipsters are driven to places with large amounts of cheap booze (in this case margaritas) and it'ss a better hang out spot generally. Maybe he can head over to Gueros after Roscos...

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  2. If DeBlasio is going to get any hipster voters from Western Crown Heights, he had better hurry.

    The hipsters are rapidly being priced out by similarly young people, who dress the same, but have more money.

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  3. Anyone self identifying with that term is trying to hard.

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  4. I am glad there is no stigma around being happy when hipsters, artists, and other lefty flakey misfits are priced out.

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  5. 10:07-
    While you may not like the lefty folks, you should thank them. As a result of being what they (in error) perceive as the "first wave" of gentrifiers, they spend lots of time wondering if their apartment should rightfully be someone else's.

    You, on the other hand, likely feel satisfaction of knowing that YOUR choice in majors and career is paying off (exactly as you were told it would), and theirs isn't (exactly as they were told it wouldn't).

    Justice is all about perception.

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  6. If you feel guilty that you took someone else's rightfully earned apartment, then by all means please give it back instead of bellyaching about all those OTHER evil newer comers. The og gentrifiers complaining about gentrifiers is tiresome

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  7. I think the OG gentrifiers are people earning minimum wage, who take the apartments of disabled people on public assistance.

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  8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9Avq8QPUO8&feature=player_embedded

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  9. It seems worth repeating that I think "bellyaching" or "wondering if apartments should belong to someone else" are thoroughly worthless pursuits. Thinking critically about gentrification isn't about finding inner peace so as to avoid guilt - it's about getting past solipsism and personal discomfort and the whole notion that "choice" defines the process, and getting involved in efforts to address inequality collectively through political and social action.

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