Monday, October 07, 2013

Time to Say Goodbye


Longtime readers have observed that ILFA has been in decline for several months now. There's a very immediate reason for this: after two years of working a 9-to-5 and three years of coursework toward my doctorate, I've started work on my dissertation. I've always been busy, but dissertation writing has taken hold of my mind in a different way, and I find it much harder to come home after a day of research or writing and switch gears to blogging. As a result, I just haven't, and instead of posting much that's new or original, I've basically been posting event announcements and re-posting other news articles about Crown Heights and Franklin Avenue for months now. After about six months of trying to keep the blog going in spite of this, the dissertation has won out, and ILFA will go silent at the end of this month or shortly thereafter.

Even without the dissertation looming, though, I'm feeling like it's time to go. ILFA certainly doesn't break news anymore, and I no longer feel like I have much that's original to add to the endless deluge of "Crown Heights Is Changing"articles. Five years of blogging may be enough.

That said, I'm hoping to use this next month to wrap up with a little bit of style. The end of October brings with it the blog's fifth birthday, and also annual ILFA roundup, which is one of the most-read posts of the year and has actually generated a fact that other news sources throw around now (over 50 new businesses on Franklin since 2008, though my rough estimate would be that it's closer to 60 at this point). I'm looking forward to doing one more of those posts, and also to doing a little retrospective writing and such, perhaps including some top 5 lists on account of the five-year anniversary and my weakness for early 2000s rom-coms. I've also got a few final posts I want to get together, following up on a few ideas here and there and reporting a few final bits of new stuff. 

I'm also reaching out to some friends and folks I admire around the worlds of blogging, reporting, and, of course, the Avenue itself, to get their perspectives on different aspects of the last five years and hopefully generate some interesting conversations along the way. If you're a reader and want to contribute something in writing (or photo, or video, or really whatever), I'd love to run it or link it. Email me directly (my email's at the bottom of the rightmost column of widgets) if you're interested. 

All of this is to say that the sun is setting, but it won't be dark for a little while yet. Event related postings will likely dwindle (though I'm still happy to re-post/re-tweet things on facebook, which is mentally easier for some reason), but there'll still be some things to read until early November. I'll save the sign-off thoughts for then, but suffice to say, in short, that it's been great and I'm going to miss it. 

39 comments:

  1. wait, but i love you

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  2. It's been a good read, and I'm surprised you held on this long with all the coursework. School comes first young man.

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  3. Thanks ILFA! You've helped make the hood more of a home for many years. We wish you the very best.

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  4. You've created such a wonderful platform for Crown Heights residents and businesses to have dialogues! I don't think it would have taken off so quickly without your thoughtful observations. Thank you for creating this space, for your thoughts on the rapidly changing area and for supporting local businesses and artists. Good luck with the dissertation!

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  6. It has been fun. See you around....

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  7. Sad to see you go - just moved to Franklin Ave. in August and already found you such a balanced, level-headed point of perspective in an area changing so rapidly that you can't help but sense it as you walk down the street (or move into the neighborhood!). You've inspired me to do the little things - like make sure I talk to ALL of my neighbors. Good luck on your dissertation!

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  8. You've done great work and I think you can rightly take some credit for the revival of Franklin Avenue and encouraging those involved to think about the complex issues at stake.

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  9. Thank you. I will sincerely miss I LOVE FRANKLIN AVE!

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  10. Dag, disappointing, but understood. Thank you for all the conscientious reporting of the neighborhood I grew up and continue in. Continued success!

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  11. Thank you for all of the wonderful information posted over the past five years. I wish you the very best! Krystal Dawn DeVille

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  12. And a VERY hot & good looking guy as well! Good Luck with everything - a farewell kiss in that handsome face!!!

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  13. just saw this, thanks for providing insight, understanding, news, and a much needed virtual meeting place for all of us. ILFA will be very missed, it is truly the end of an era. good luck with your dissertation

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  14. Thanks for all your insightful, balanced reporting.

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  15. Have been a reader for years and will definitely miss it once it's gone. Thanks for the good times.

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  16. Thank you for all your hard work! It's been a pleasure working with you and I'll certainly miss ILFA. However, if you want to get your dissertation done, you''ve definitely made the right decision. I wish you all the best, Amy Sara Clark

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  17. Nick, we're sad to see your blog go! Thanks for keeping us informed about the happenings in our ever-changing neighborhood. And best of luck on your dissertation!
    Ayelet and Jason

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  19. As someone who's only been here a little over 2 years, this blog was indispensable in helping me get to know the neighborhood and its history. Also, there was always great commentary on the double edged blade of gentrification. I really hope that other outlets pick up the slack.

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  20. It's been a pleasure reading you these past years!! Best of luck with everything.

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  23. Best blog ever!!! What a rare synchronicity that someone so passionate and educated about urban issues choose to focus his energies on understanding the traditions and changes in our shared neighborhood at exactly its time of greatest transition! I learned so much from your entries, the comments, and your commentary. My view of the gentrification process is so much more intelligent & balanced as a result. Thank-you! And good luck with your dissertation. I'm secretly hoping to read a book by you someday. And also, good luck with your marriage to the lady; though that part of your life was less visible than your community work and intellectual pursuits, it was a source of joy for me to see a pair of attractive, smart, hip youngsters loving & supporting each other so early on in their life paths. Good luck to the lady too!

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  24. Just seeing this post now. My blog reading is not what it used to be. I moved to the neighborhood 7 years ago, a bit farther east, and, though I'm not a frequent commenter (I did win a heatwave poetry contest once, though -- heeeey!), several of your posts have mirrored my own experiences and thoughts over the years. I love that you've chronicled the physical changes that have taken place over the years (i.e., renovations and changing businesses), which is a pretty interesting thing to look back on, and I still think about a post or two of yours from years ago -- you've had some really thoughtful pieces about gentrification and engaging with community, and you got into a lot of the nooks and crannies of change in a way that I found meaningful and useful and that sparked some good conversations elsewhere, even if I didn't comment here. There may be an endless deluge of "Crown Heights is Changing" articles now, but it really meant something that you were there when the spotlight was not. Thanks for all of that, and good luck to you in the next chapter.

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