Just in case you haven't had your fill of economic change in BK, here's some more, courtesy of Huffinstuff. (thx Carrie!)
Fun, fun, fun!
I don't know why, but it really makes me wince when the filmmakers defend their own gentrifying, particularly when one of them defines themselves as the "first wave" or "artists." The deep resentment of the laptop set towards the "investment bankers" has always seemed hair-splitting, since most artists I know would kill for the kind of F.U. money of the I.B's, while basically making the neighborhoods safe for them. Plus, I.B.'s are a minority of the g-fiers anyway. There's a lot of upscaling from sold apartments and family money in there too.
As far as I can tell there is no political will to help current renters stay in their homes beyond those grandfathered into Section 8 (now defunct) or rent stabilization (which landlords now actively thwart). So...what can you do? Make a documentary!
As I've said before, the most fascinating part of the history here to me is the claim by current "pioneers" that they stumbled upon decimated neighborhoods. True, some parts of Brooklyn sank pretty far, but you have to give credit to the generations in the 60s - 90s who kept the neighborhoods going despite enormous obstacles. Who were these people? They're living all around us. Some are white, but many, many many are people of color, the gentry one generation previous. And man, do they have stories to tell.
It's with deference to those who came before that the Q hopes there is a renaissance not just of house prices, but of mutual respect and admiration, remembering that almost no one likes the crime, the trash or the malignant decay. Anywhere. Ever. And who exactly are you thanking when that fixer-upper is actually in pretty damn good shape after 100 years, all things considered?
It's easy to see all that's wrong with a neighborhood. It's more fun to see all that's right, and meet the people who've made it so.
The Q at Parkside
News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.