Who knew that all it took to make a neighborhood habitable was the presence of $10 grilled cheese sandwiches?
I will get flamed by lowlife sympathizers who will whine about how gentrifiers push out poor and disenfranchised folks.
I say: No one wants to live with lowlife drug dealers/users. They contribute nothing and take everything; quality of life, health , and happiness from a neighborhood.
Not going to flame you but simply say that it's clear that the lowlife drug dealer/users have simply been replaced by drunken frat punks .
And, many of the people complaining about the changes are not "disenfranchised" but are people with jobs and families that lived in these communities because they could afford them who now have fewer options for staying in the city. As a college student or young single post-grad, you can opt to split a two bedroom apartment with four adults all paying a share of the rent. As a parent of a family of four, you don't have such options and you live where you can afford. Those folks make too much to live in subsidized or public housing, but make too little to remain in this neighborhood post gentrification. Its also not clear to me what is being contributed to the neighborhood by a large group of the newcomers, other than the creation of a market for expensive sandwiches and craft beer.
None of this is the fault of the grilled cheese folks, but it is sad that folks can't celebrate the coming of new things while at the same time recognize that their presence also signifies the loss of not just the "bad" elements of the neighborhood, but of another working class neighborhood in Brooklyn.
Hmm. I didn't specifically mention the opening of the cheese shop, changed the neighborhood. I was replying to WhyNot's entire post, which chronicled the history of a block with bodegas that either explicitly or implicitly fostered drug/lowlife activity, and the change that has taken place.
"And, many of the people complaining about the changes are not "disenfranchised" but are people with jobs and families that lived in these communities because they could afford them who now have fewer options for staying in the city."
Somehow I don't believe you read THIS part of my post:
I am sure if it wasn't for greedy opportunistic landlords price gouging at the signs of gentrification, the poor "disenfranchised" would be just as happy that gentrifiers bring business, and safety and quality of life to most neighborhoods that were slowly languishing under the tyranny of gang and lowlife dominion
If you did, you would KNOW that I understood the real reason the "low income people" were complaining was because of the landlords taking advantage of the positive changes and NOT the positive changes themselves.
Come on. Do you really think that anyone who works 20 hours a day, whether as a dish cleaner or lawyer, wants to come home to the same drug peddling, addicted asshats who crowd the entry ways of their buildings; blast music all night in the neighborhood; pee in the hallways; destroy property; and otherwise diminish any quality of life to be found in said nabs?
Even when I was a broke ass student (and I'm still a sorta broke professional), nothing irked me more than busting my ass in the service industry all hours of the day then coming home to the same lazy, rude, assholes, who made the idea of rest, ordering food, or even opening your window to get a summer breeze IMPOSSIBLE.
I have a janitor friend, who will be moving to SC, because he is tired of commuting to South Ozone Park after 12 hours of work, only to be unable to even get delivery of food, because the drug addled ass-hats and gang members in his community have robbed one too many of the delivery people.
And don't get me started on all these "so called bodega's" that are really fronts for drugs. I am not saying that some aren't legitimate stores, but I am sure if you search this very site, you will know I am not the only one who has seen anecdotal evidence of Bodega/drug front activity.
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