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Monday, July 7, 2008

"When Gentrification Attacks" A new feature!

Photo credit: Andrew Henderson/The New York Times

Just saw in a NYTimes article that the residents of a newly built condo in Harlem want local drummers( who have congregated to play across the street in Marcus Garvey Park for over 30 years) to leave because of the "noise" from their playing.

One unhappy resident had this to say;
“Everything, after four hours — even if it’s Mozart — is pure, unadulterated noise,” said a resident of a building on the park who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal. “The community is right: The drummers have been doing this for more than 30 years. But no one told me there would be unremitting noise every Saturday for the rest of my life.”

And this has inspired to me create a new feature here at your friendly neighborhood "Brooklyn Born" Blog. The feature will be called:

"When Gentrification Attacks"

The point is, although I am against the evil that gentrification frequently spawns, I admit there are concrete benefits as well, which include general improvement of neighborhood services. However since developers and those who support scorched earth gentrification always make a big deal about these positive aspects, I will focus on the negatives that are often under reported by the mainstream.

I'd like to hear what you all think of what is usually the main question in this and most cases of gentrification conflict which is;

"what privileges does money as opposed to history afford individuals."

Any thoughts?

Here's the Times' story:

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