I totally agree. And if we want to complicate things further we can briefly state that we live in INDIVIDUAL BUILDINGS which cater to different classes of people. I.E. People in different "waves" can live on the same block, but (barring rent control and section 8 ) they rarely live in the same building.
Ah, but the world has so many more classes and there are so many more gradations of income.
Don't you think the unemployed people in Wave 0, perceive Wave 1 as gentrifiers?
Just like the people in Wave 1 perceive the people in Wave 2 as gentrifiers?
Just like the people in Wave 2 perceive the people in Wave 3 as gentrifiers?
Just like the people in Wave 3 perceive the people in Wave 4 as gentrifiers?
Just like the people in Wave 4 perceive the people in Wave 5 as gentrifiers?
In other words, the only thing it takes to change a neighborhood and be labeled a gentrifier is to have slightly more money. You don't need to be "rich", you just need to have more money than me, and I label you a "gentrifier".
Now let's jabber about class:
Although it takes luck and hard work, people are able to move to higher classes. ....Are they ALWAYS able to do it, does hard work always pay off? Of course not, but enough do that there is a correlation between being in a higher class and work. Some draw a correlation between luck (such as being in the right place at the right time, being healthy, as well as having things like the "right skin hue") and a higher class, and prefer to put most of the focus there.
Conversely, being a slacker or unlucky, often makes one fall into a lower class. ....Do all slackers and people with health problems end up poor? Of course not, but enough do that there is a correlation between being in a lower class and being a slacker. Some draw a correlation between being in a lower class and being unlucky (having a health condition, being born with "the wrong hue", etc) and prefer to put most of the focus there.
Now let's see where these things lead:
In this country, the dominant philosophy is that one's hue is fixed [Michael Jackson being a notable exception].
However, one's class is assumed to be flexible. We'd like to believe that that work pays, and that for the most part, life fairly distributes benefits based on work and skills (not luck).
[whether we should have this assumption, or hold on to it as firmly as we do, is a different issue]
As a result, many assume that people in lower class are there because they do not work hard. ....not because they are unlucky. This assumption obviously minimizes instances in which you can work your butt off in a labor job, yet never be promoted to supervisor. It also minimizes the fact that your kids can attend crappy schools in which it is almost impossible to learn, not matter how hard you try because your peers may beat the crap out of you for trying to succeed.
For a moment, picture yourself in Wave 1.
In your view, you are better than Wave 0. You work! While you happen to have more money, you also believe that you deserve that apartment more than they do.
Now picture yourself in Wave 2.
In your view, you are better than Wave 1. You took some technical classes at the community college to get some skills, and they didn't. While you happen to have more money, you also believe that you deserve that apartment more than they do.
The same is true for Wave 3, 4, and 5.
To make a long story short:
a. "Everybody does it"
b. One does not have to ever believe that they are "going to be rich", one simply has to believe that they are more entitled to the apartment than the person who just left.
....while both a and b allow us to the mental zen needed to assure ourselves we are not evil, "c" really seals the deal:
c. Ultimately one is entitled because one can pay the money demanded by the landlord/owner While discrimination exists, even if you are healthy, educated and have the right hue, if you ain't got no money ....you don't get the apartment!
In other words, you believe you are entitled to the apartment because (no matter how rich you are) you had the discipline not to spend all of your money on OTHER stuff you wanted.
This is NYC, and you are foregoing something to pay for it; whether that is good $6 cheese, or a personal $5M yacht is just a matter of means and preferences.
...and the beat goes on.
For better or worse, the change on Nostrand is going to make the change on Franklin look minor.