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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

After Spike Lee Rips Into Gentrification, He Refuses to Back Down From Backlash

TCM Road To Hollywood / New YorkAfter Spike Lee ripped into the evils of gentrification with an expletive-filled rant about his native Brooklyn that touched many Black people around the country who have seen the same forces at work in their own communities, Lee has refused to back down following the predictable backlash that has come his way from white commentators.

Lee decried the insensitivities that many whites bring along with them when they gentrify a previously poor and Black neighborhood. He called it the “Christopher Columbus Syndrome,” describing whites who act like they are the first inhabitants of the neighborhood. His comments spread across social media like a forest fire and prompted a national discussions about the effects of gentrification.

“You can’t discover this! We been here,” Lee said on Tuesday at Pratt when he was asked about “the other side” of the gentrification debate, an issue that had been raised in recent articles in the New York Times and New York magazine. “You just can’t come and bogart. There were brothers playing motherf***** African drums in Mount Morris Park for 40 years and now they can’t do it anymore because the new inhabitants said the drums are loud. My father’s a great jazz musician. He bought a house in 19 motherf***** 68, and the mother***** people moved in last year and called the cops on my father. He’s not — he doesn’t even play electric bass! It’s acoustic! We bought the motherf***** house in nineteen-sixty-motherfuckin’-eight and now you call the cops? In 2013? Get … outta here!”

On Wednesday, Lee told “Anderson Cooper 360″ that he’s not against new people moving into areas that were once predominantly poor and predominantly African-American.

“My problem is that when you move into a neighborhood, have some respect for the history, for the culture,” Lee said.

This is how he said it in his talk at Pratt Institute on Tuesday night.

“You can’t just come in the neighborhood and start bogarting and say, like you’re Columbus and kill off the Native Americans,” he said. “Or what they do in Brazil, what they did to the indigenous people. You have to come with respect. There’s a code. There’s people.”

“And why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the south Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed-Stuy, in Crown Heights for the facilities to get better?” he continued. “The garbage wasn’t picked up every day when I was living in 165 Washington Park. P.S. 20 was not good. P.S. 11. Rothschild 294. The police weren’t around. When you see white mothers pushing their babies in strollers, 3 o’clock in the morning on 125th Street, that must tell you something.”

But as far as Lee’s diatribe, Mitchell Moss, a professor of urban policy and planning at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, would have none of it. Moss told CNN that New York has seen an enormous recovery since 2001. He said the greatest change has been in Brooklyn, which has drawn newcomers because of its housing, access to Manhattan and improved safety.

“Cities don’t stand still, and the cities that stand still are Detroit,” Moss said. “So if Spike Lee wants to see a place where there is no gentrification, he’ll also find a place where there are no investments. Obviously, he’s someone who knows how to make a movie but doesn’t know anything about cities.”

“Brooklyn has become more attractive to more people,” he added. “Of course, that means some people are going to have to find other places to live, but that’s the magic of New York. We create new places. Today, Bushwick, which was an area that people were afraid to go to, now has some of the best restaurants in the city.”

The New York Times investigated Lee’s claims about his father’s music and found that police have received 17 noise complaints—most of them from a woman who lived next door. This is a prime example of Lee’s point—a woman not even aware that the music was coming from a man who is not only a treasured institution in Brooklyn, but also a national treasure.

In his interview with Anderson Cooper, Lee didn’t dispute that gentrification raises home prices, but he wondered what happened to the people who are priced out of the neighborhood.

“There’s good. But what cost? If we lose half of the African-American population, in my neighborhood, Fort Greene, and the schools become better, what happened to half the people that left?” he said.

“I just find it interesting you have to have an influx of white New Yorkers to move into these neighborhoods for the services to go up, for the schools to be better,” he told CNN. “They get better sanitation, get more police protection. Why didn’t that happen before gentrification? We’re still paying taxes. We’re still New Yorkers.”

About Nick Chiles

Nick Chiles is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. He has written or co-written 12 books and won over a dozen major journalism awards during a journalism career that brought him to the Dallas Morning News, the Star-Ledger of New Jersey and New York Newsday, in addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief of Odyssey Couleur travel magazine.

Comments

  1. what happens to the ones who are pushed out of their neighbourhood by shiny and nice looking from every angle "stars"? they become palestinians.

  2. Respect to Spike Lee for his Comments on a issue I've seen my whole life.

  3. Fred Cotton says:

    Hope there is no doubt about the points made by Mr. Lee, many will criticize him for his point of view on this subject. What did happen that the sanitation, police, and schools were not given the attention like it is receiving today? The only time police came was to bash in the heads of the African- Americans living there in those turbulent times. Join in with Mr. Lee to show support and to demand investments in these areas while we still maintain occupancy in these communities.

  4. Some of us need to get a clue. Its silly to expect our former slave-master and their children to have any type of compassion, empathy, conscience, consideration, understanding, sympathy, culturally awareness or honorable intentions. Remember Spike They Stole us!!! If black people continue to take weak entertainers, politicians and pseudo activist/spiritual leaders that only speak to things that have little or no effect on the status quo then we'll get this type of stuff. Until we start owning instead of renting we'll always get shifted around like dust. He's not backing down from nothing because he has no financial interest involved.

  5. Neighborhoods are made up of people. If the services are bador the neighborhoods are dirty it is up to the people to clean it up.

  6. Marianne Park says:

    The person who made the nasty comment about Detroit has obviously never been there as gentrification is an issue

  7. Michael Hunter says:

    The People paid taxes in order to receive those services. Why should they then have to clean it up. Would you pay a maid to clean your house, only to come home and have to clean? Why should other neighborhoods get more services when we all pay the same tax?

  8. this is going on in Detroit to the whites are moving back in, thing will change for the better I hope but the Blacks that are here are not going any were that's for sure !

  9. this is going on in Detroit to the whites are moving back in, thing will change for the better I hope but the Blacks that are here are not going any were that's for sure !

  10. People of culture are the creators of the arts. We possess imagination and creativity far beyond the capabilities of the European RACE. Its been a race since their historical emergence. Every time that Europeans/descendants show up on the set, their intent is to conquer, steal, rape, pillage, re-direct and re-write his-story and ours.
    I agree with SPIKE LEE! Europen-Americans, their descendants and their sheep-like followers should learn to respect the inhabitants of the land upon witch they DESCEND! This is so much deeper than the obvious…..

  11. (Gen) - Birth, RACE, PRODUCE GENESIS, GENETICS, EUGENICS, GENEALOGY, GENERATE, GENETIC, ANTIGEN, PATHOGEN. (GENTRIFICATION) A WORD CREATED IN 1970- gen·tri·fi·ca·tion [jen-truh-fi-key-shuhn] Show IPA
    noun
    1.
    the buying and renovation of houses and stores in deteriorated urban neighborhoods by upper- or middle-income families or individuals, thus improving property values but often displacing low-income families and small businesses. AS YOU CAN SEE…(THE BIBLE), (HIS-STORY), (GENESIS)…THEY ARE COMMITTING GENOCIDE REFERRING TO IT AS: DETERIORATING….. THE TRUE ORDER IS TO CONQUER!!!!!!!

  12. Lissette Cheng says:

    What nobody wants to say, is that gentrification can be fueled by racism, anti-semitism and other forms of prejudice. Kind of like a reverse "white flight" kind of phenomenon.

  13. Go, Spike. When your quoted critic can only come up with this–"Brooklyn has become more attractive to more people,” (Moss) added. “Of course, that means some people are going to have to find other places to live, but that’s the magic of New York. We create new places. Today, Bushwick, which was an area that people were afraid to go to, now has some of the best restaurants in the city.”–you're on the right track.

  14. Geleni Fontaine says:

    "People" were afraid to go to Bushwick, really? Let me guess which people are being referred to. Sick and tired of white "experts" unable to grasp beyond a privileged perspective what it means to be pushed out of one's own community because your life and culture are deemed undesirable.

  15. Lissette Cheng says:

    Right on Geleni & Eva!

  16. Lissette Cheng says:

    Right on Geleni & Eva!

  17. Geleni Fontaine says:

    Lissette Cheng – and what about the people who already live, and have long lived in Bushwick? Disregarded and invisible.

  18. Get 'em,Spike!Of course,the truth hurts,and the powers that be, are upset,that,he would dare speak out,and speak up for his Dad.

  19. Compare the affects of the "Sundown Town" with white gentrification of Black Communities!

  20. Lissette Cheng says:

    As a born & bred Brooklynite who's lived through all the changes, preach honey, preach!

  21. Lissette Cheng says:

    Mostly poor and working class Latinos and Blacks are the undesirables or whom the gentrifiers derogatorily call "leftovers". Hate entitled people – of all backgrounds!

  22. Lissette Cheng says:

    You can be financially well off, rich or even a billionaire and I have no issues with rich folks but when you start acting in that entitled, holier-than-thou, "I'm-better-than-you" or "you're-beneath-me" kind of attitude then YOU ARE CLEARLY THE PROBLEM!

  23. Willie Pagan says:

    the reality is to improve a neighborhood and increase investment there has to be a decrease in the black and an increase in the white… really quite simple… its called progress… like the author points out… want to remain a Detroit… stay black.

  24. Idiot

  25. We Love you Spike Lee !!! keep it moving!!

  26. These clowns laugh at you whether you contest their piracy or kiss their behinds. Parasites is what they are. It's taking place nation wide.

  27. As a resident of Fort Greene since Spike was a pup, I can only say Amen.

    Like the media to miss his points. And what about the Black political power lost when, as of the last census, 70,000 African descendant people have left Brooklyn in the previous decade. It's about respect, it's about power.

    When Whites move to other suburban towns, they try to FIT IN, not TAKE OVER! They can't just move in, they have to try to take over. It's called the ideology of White Supremacy!

    Douglass is still right. Agitate, Agitate, Agitate. We gotta start demanding again. It's the only thing that gets heard. And it's not just gentrification. Stand your ground, voter disenfranchisement, the cradle to prison pipeline…

    If we aren't careful, this will be a repeat of the post reconstruction period. Only some 30 years between the end of reconstruction and the Jim Crow, segregation, lynching that gave rise to the NAACP. It's now or after it gets much worse.

  28. Lynn Franklin says:

    The South Bronx was burned then the property warehoused and everybody knew it, many minority owners complained about the way Harlem was being gentrified and Brooklyn property owners were complaining about prospectors trying to harass them out of the areas,(also the eminent domain plan in downtown Bklyn). That was not "Magic" in NY, that was Planning by certain political entities who put profit before real established NY communities!

  29. Rashad Bumpy Good says:

    you know nothing of gentrification and how it works. The clear OUTLINING WHAT MAJORITY OF YOU PEOPLE REFUSE TO UNDERSTAND THAT GENTRIFICATION EXPOSED IS ECONOMIC PROSPERITY! Thats right. No strong tax hold in the black communities due to low wage and no WORK! Detroit prime example. Jobs moved out of the city to the suburbs Whites followed laid claim to locations with red tape and acquired the jobs for themselves and kept the neighborhoods white! No jobs = poverty with poverty = no taxes no taxes = no services which = low education then turns into crime. This is a proven fact! Still going on to this day. Prove it WRONG!

  30. Willie Pagan says:

    Rashad Bumpy Good … cant prove you wrong… you are indeed correct… like I said… its called progress…

  31. Antonia Toya Fontaine says:

    This is happening world wide God knows where we will be in the next 20 years

  32. Rob Dixon says:

    This is an awesome dialogue… I think we can learn a lot. I get both sides. Spike has a point for the community members who are upstanding yet don't make a lot of money. What happens to them? Why do they deserve less? I think the problem in the black & hispanic community is that we don't own it.

    Our landlords don't look like us, so when the highest bidder comes, they sell to build better, which raises rents (capitalism). It's unfortunate that blacks/hispanics or those with less financial resources lose out. Definitely not a level playing field and never was.

    Bottom line, the rich win every day. And it just so happens to be that the majority are white.

    Until blacks/hispanics stick together and own, they will continue to have a smaller percentage of the pie. We can't maintain the "crabs in a barrel approach". We must work together to turn the tide toward owning in our neighborhoods and creating a lasting legacy. I have seen my friends in more affluent neighborhoods; they have a propensity to organize better, even when they are fighting. They make the most of every resource.

    My disclaimer: I love all people, but I'd be blind if I didn't observe the percentages of those who have the upper hand from a race perspective with money and power. People have to be sober about that. Minorities don't have it. Just look at the US Gov't socioeconomic studies. Minorities are down in every category.

    One might contend; look at your minority actors, performers, artist… I'll argue that they barely make a dent in the overall scheme. They can help in the black community but most are out for themselves (crabs in a Barrel).

    So I welcome and enjoy this dialogue, but more importantly, I have a greater question that only we can answer, How do we win in the black/hispanic community? We must find ways to come together and own. Recirculate wealth in the community so the next generation can grow.

    Good stuff, gotta do better….

  33. Renee Henryhand says:

    You right. Tell the Truth Shame the Devil and the Truth always hurts the Untruthful. Ya Dig!

  34. Jamalia Sheets says:

    I'm glad you mentioned sundown towns not a lot of people of my generation know what that was about and when I tell them they are utterly shocked!

  35. White privilege is a powerful drug

  36. Sieg Aurich says:

    Any "expletive-filled rant…" diminishes the "message!!!

  37. I know this is not the same but a parallel development. In the old days of American industrial malaise, there was lots of cheap, non-residential warehouse space to be cheaply rented. Many artists, myself included, moved into rough, largely uninhabitable spaces and upgraded them through long hours of hard work. Not having money to purchase the space, yuppies with money (and little imagination) purchased the spaces and the artists got the boot. This was a national trend and led to gentrification of urban areas. SOHO was once bohemian and now is a land of un-affordable real estate inhabited by yuppies….etc….whilst the previous occupants…the poor, artists (most of which are poor)……all got the boot…..

  38. Salim Kc X says:

    Sieg Aurich How are you suppose to rant. By not ranting at all and just accepting ,I suppose?

  39. LaHendra Talai Brown says:

    So true! Its progress that doesn't include us more often than not!

  40. Spike Lee is still doing the right thing. I want us to reclaim what is ours. It is time.

  41. Korey Keyser says:

    In the last lines of the article, Spike Lee is quoted by saying: "They get better sanitation, get more police protection. Why didn’t that happen before gentrification? We’re still paying taxes. We’re still New Yorkers.” BUT WE ARE NOT WHITE. That is the answer why these issues are not addressed. I urge all of you to take action in your own community, and build it from the inside out. First by recognizing that white influence is not going to help you; so we have to help ourselves. Paint the graffiti. Sweep the next door neighbor's sidewalk. If sanitation doesn't get the trash, get a pickup and take the neighborhoods garbage if necessary. TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY. And SHOW THE CHILDREN that they can live in clean safe communities just like their white counterparts.

  42. Tarig Musa says:

    It's happening world wide brother!

  43. Cory Andrea Gropp says:

    I am curious, what is yours?

  44. Cory Andrea Gropp says:

    I am curious, what is yours?

  45. Rashad Francisco says:

    Who cares… blacks always got up and moved and made other areas become the place to be.. Look at down south. Jackson, Miss.. Memphis, Tenn.. Inland Empire , California, Sacramento, CA etc.. The Black Culture is like BeBe Kids, we don't die we multiple. We are coming to a neighorhood near you.

  46. he is.

  47. he is.

  48. Jamalia Sheets The subliminal affect of black communities being gentrified displacing people of color allows fewer relocation options when Sundown Towns threatens the black presence as a resident. Red lining black folks from purchasing homes in upscale neighborhoods morphed into the mortgage industry predatory lending targeting people of color. Black people must build our own wealth industries and not be variables resourcing the benefits of others. This is why immigrants come into this country and set up shop in black communities to drain our resources then call us the "N"word; because we do not possess our own wealth industries to offset the downtrodden affect of the insult. Imagine an empowered black child whose parents are savvy enough to shelter their business in the child's name. If the child understands the functions of business; in every sense the term; "N*gg*r"could not be an applicable option.

  49. Jamalia Sheets The subliminal affect of black communities being gentrified displacing people of color allows fewer relocation options when Sundown Towns threatens the black presence as a resident. Red lining black folks from purchasing homes in upscale neighborhoods morphed into the mortgage industry predatory lending targeting people of color. Black people must build our own wealth industries and not be variables resourcing the benefits of others. This is why immigrants come into this country and set up shop in black communities to drain our resources then call us the "N"word; because we do not possess our own wealth industries to offset the downtrodden affect of the insult. Imagine an empowered black child whose parents are savvy enough to shelter their business in the child's name. If the child understands the functions of business; in every sense the term; "N*gg*r"could not be an applicable option.

  50. Marcus Wood says:

    The power of White Privledge in a racist society

  51. Marcus Wood says:

    The power of White Privledge in a racist society

  52. Now y'all want the police in your neighborhood? Used to be no one wanted them around, now that white folks got them you want them too? Spare me your hypocrisy and move on to something important, like teaching our youth how to invest in their futures so they can own something one day.

  53. Very good article. There has to be a better way than gentrification. He's just saying that we don't need to whiten a neighborhood in order to make it better. Its been done before and we can do it again.

  54. John Artoffact Bailey says:

    if you want investments in the neighborhood, those people need to be other than black. interesting…

  55. John Artoffact Bailey says:

    if you want investments in the neighborhood, those people need to be other than black. interesting…

  56. White people are able to get away with this because they know most black folks don't know their own history. For example, who built the cities of America and and for whom were they built? Exactly. White European immigrants. The first urban ghettos and slums in America were ALL populated by European immigrants. And the first riots and city burnings were held by who? You got it, white European immigrants. But to hear them tell it, America was all quiet all the time and black folks were the ones making a fuss. Not to mention that most of the riots and assassinations and unrest in this country were of white European immigrants causing a ruckus to DEMAND that they get the goodies that they were promised when they came here. Yet black folks have never gotten ANYTHING and the only time they rioted were in the 60s in any major way. And almost every riot held by whites before that involved summary execution and murders of black people because they represented a threat to the average white European immigrant. The riots only stopped when the government started giving more hand outs to Europeans and reinforced more oppressive laws against blacks to maintain the status quo that America was a country FOR WHITE FOLKS. So by definition, any development or redevelopment in this country whether it be in the creation of the cities to begin with, the creation of the suburbs OR the redevelopment of the cities has always been for white people. That is why James Baldwin coined the phrase "urban renewal = negro removal" over 50 years ago, because this practice has existed from the very beginning. Yet because white people know we don't seriously study history, they know they can get away with saying things that are stupid.

  57. you said it brother, i'm sick of us complaining, sick…sick, sick of us complaining. If the sanitation is not being picked up in a predominantly asian neighborhood, they will get to work and get their men to pick it up and put their money together and find a dump to dump it in. If their plumbings are not working, they will get their plumbers to get to work, hire their own people to do the job, circulate their own money.

    US…..SHIT, we're always looking for the white man to take our hand and walk us to the bathroom and when we get in the bathroom, we expect him to wipe our asses or take our dicks to help us pee. If they do that for you, then they have the fucking right to piss you on you however they like.

    Think about many of us in our black neighborhood spending money in worthless items like rims for vehicles, air jordans, jewelry, expensive, white, name brand clothes, on and on. Imagine if we took a third(1/3) of that money and give it to off duty cops or pay the cops for protection. We have plenty of black men police officers, former army officers, full of experience from the war, they can't find jobs, we can't put them to work to work for us. We are not thinking for shit. I envy white people and other races that put their minds to work and roll up their sleeves. I'm of us complaining.

    This is the same thing with Tay Diggs who has recently been crying about how hollywood doesn't make black movies, THEN MAKE YOUR GOD DAM OWN. Get all the Black Hollywood heavyweight, come up with a good script, get directors, and make movies. You can pretty much sell the things online now and make millions. His name alone would be good enough to create a production team but no, all we ever do is complain.

  58. i'm sick of us complaining, sick…sick, sick of us complaining. If the sanitation is not being picked up in a predominantly asian neighborhood, they will get to work and get their men to pick it up and put their money together and find a dump to dump it in. If their plumbings are not working, they will get their plumbers to get to work, hire their own people to do the job, circulate their own money. US BLACK PEOPLE…..SHIT.

    We're always looking for the white man to take our hand and walk us to the bathroom and when we get in the bathroom, we expect him to wipe our asses or take our dicks to help us pee. If they do that for you, then they have the fucking right to piss you on you however they like.

    Think about many of us in our black neighborhood spending money in worthless items like rims for vehicles, air jordans, jewelry, expensive, white, name brand clothes, on and on. Imagine if we took a third(1/3) of that money and give it to off duty cops or pay the cops for protection. We have plenty of black men police officers, former army officers, full of experience from the war, they can't find jobs, we can't hire them to work for us? We are not thinking for shit. I envy white people and other races that put their minds to work and roll up their sleeves. I'm sick of us complaining. We have all these gazilionaire celebrities and they ain't do ain't doing shit to help uplift the rest of us. How much money has spike lee made over the years he could've hired some black officers to help police the neighborhood. Get with some business people and find out how to get into the real estate business and buy the property in the neighborhood he so loved so the whites would've have taken it over. Put your money where your mouth is barking, Spike.

    This is the same thing with Tay Diggs who has recently been crying about how hollywood doesn't make black movies, THEN MAKE YOUR GOD DAM OWN. Get all the Black Hollywood heavyweight, come up with a good script, get directors, and make movies. You can pretty much sell the things online now and make millions. His name alone would be good enough to create a production team but no, all we ever do is complain.

  59. Amy Turnbull says:

    Spike Lee is absolutely right and the planner can take a refresher class in neighborhood empowerment and social equity. Yes, government needs to step it up in low-income neighborhoods. There also needs to be affordable housing. Spike, I guess you should be happy they don't want to put a stadium in and wipe out the whole damn neighborhood at once. Hmmm. Happy Independence Day from Los Angeles!

  60. Amy Turnbull says:

    Spike Lee is absolutely right and the planner can take a refresher class in neighborhood empowerment and social equity. Yes, government needs to step it up in low-income neighborhoods. There also needs to be affordable housing. Spike, I guess you should be happy they don't want to put a stadium in and wipe out the whole damn neighborhood at once. Hmmm. Happy Independence Day from Los Angeles!

  61. Spike is way off mark here.
    First gentrification happens in all cities, all over the world , to all races and denominations.
    Second , this isn't some pristine rain forest with natives being forcibly ejected by unscrupulous ranchers, it's poorer people being muscled out by people with more money and power. Poison tipped arrows aren't going to help you here. Making an economically and socially tougher community will. Also the black influx into Harlem only started in the early 20 th century. Maybe the Dutch should lay claim to it over the black interlopers.
    Last , seeing one particular factor as the cause of all problems is quite familiar. Various assholes and groups of assholes have tried this trick over the years, generally they're wrong and usually they're bitter and stupid people.
    Spike's starting to resemble them.

  62. Salim Kc X says:

    Jamie Beatty Most certainly.

  63. Im from bk and my neoghborhood was taken over by theae yuppie mother fuckers. Mostly all my friends had to move nc they couldnt afford it nemore. This city has no soul nemore bc rich white ppl are malomg it that way

  64. I concure with Mr. Lee . Now let me brief my grandsons on the situation. By the way…….those of you that disagree ;
    go to your kitchen ,
    straight to the knife section and just grab a knife and ''CUT the B.S. OUT''!

  65. I concure with Mr. Lee . Now let me brief my grandsons on the situation. By the way…….those of you that disagree ;
    go to your kitchen ,
    straight to the knife section and just grab a knife and ''CUT the B.S. OUT''!

  66. Wayne Carter says:

    It is called collective economics or collaborative economics, where people with few dollars pool their resources and become collective owners. Malcolm X said it best, "We're all poor, individually, but when we join our dollars together, we become rich, richer than rich". Isn't there a Kwanza term for collective efforts? Think, it ain't illegal yet!

  67. Wayne Carter says:

    It is called collective economics or collaborative economics, where people with few dollars pool their resources and become collective owners. Malcolm X said it best, "We're all poor, individually, but when we join our dollars together, we become rich, richer than rich". Isn't there a Kwanza term for collective efforts? Think, it ain't illegal yet!

  68. Marsha Battle Philpot says:

    Nick Chiles could stand to learn more about Detroit; a city that is not only not "standing still" but faces gentrification conflicts, as well.

  69. Marsha Battle Philpot says:

    Nick Chiles could stand to learn more about Detroit; a city that is not only not "standing still" but faces gentrification conflicts, as well.

  70. Lee is right on with every single one of his comments. I'm seeing the same thing happen here in Venice, CA… Was flabbergasted a Professor of Public Policy and Urban Planning would say such a thing about Detroit until I realized he was from NYU (my alma mater.) NY'ers are oblivious of everything west of the Hudson…

  71. To be frank, Gentrification should be synonymous with Colonializm. Often promoted as the transformation of neighborhoodz from low to high value, the residual benefit is the displacement of long-time residents and businesses—which is cleverly and I dare even say purposely overlooked. Learn more of the driving forces behind it; you'll find ethnic racizm at its core.'

    I humbly offer this article for further understanding, 'The Unapologetic Quest to G.E.N.T.R.I.F.Y.: Ethnic Cleansing Through Economics' — http://daghettotymz.com/current/gentrify/gentrify.html

    Each one teach MANY!

  72. New age colonialism,disguised as "improvement". Thanks for posting!

  73. To be frank, Gentrification should be synonymous with Colonializm. Often promoted as the transformation of neighborhoodz from low to high value, the residual benefit is the displacement of long-time residents and businesses—which is cleverly and I dare even say purposely overlooked. Learn more of the driving forces behind it; you'll find ethnic racizm at its core.'

    I humbly offer this article for further understanding, 'The Unapologetic Quest to G.E.N.T.R.I.F.Y.: Ethnic Cleansing Through Economics' — http://daghettotymz.com/current/gentrify/gentrify.html

    Each one teach MANY!

  74. YOUR a Piece of work, SMH… black interlopers really. PLEASE go kill your self….PLEASE do Japan a favor. I just got back from Osaka and i can't tell everyone here that you definitely don't belong in JAPAN. Infecting (Parasite) that beautiful place. By the way Lenny White is sitting next to me and thinks your a A#@hole.

  75. Your a fucking T-shirt.

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