Monday, October 13, 2008

The Dirty "G" Word

Mott Haven blogger Jodi Broadwater has added insightful commentary to the hot-button topic of gentrification in the South Bronx over at Mott Haven't You Heard?.

BoogieDowner loved this piece because it gets to the heart of why gentrification in the Bronx need not be the character stripping, real estate exploiting phenomenon that has happened in Brooklyn. Part of protecting the essence of the BoogieDown, while making room for newcomers, is keeping the dialogue on this issue going.

Here's an excerpt from Broadwater's piece:

“I would like to think that there is room enough for everybody, but I think that terms like gentrification and gentrified thinking prevent us from recognizing the cumulative benefit of everyone being there,” said Deirdre Scott, 46, a former South Bronx resident and current director of technology at the Studio Museum in Harlem. “It sets us up to fight. That’s, I think, at the heart of what I’m saying. I don’t want to start building a wall to nowhere, to lock people out of neighborhoods.”

Check out the rest of the thought-provoking article here.


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