Gentrification in New York City 

 

Change might be necessary, but does it have to erase our authenticity and true cultural values.

 

A city should be an inclusive space for all its dweller. A city should not be a place where only the affluent can afford to live, while the less fortunate pushed out.

Building for Sale
Building for Sale

Today Bushwick Avenue in Brooklyn is undergoing though changes. some refer to these changes as economic growth, while others might define it as gentrification

Sold... after 2 week
Sold... after 2 week

After 2 weeks same building was already sold

New Developments
New Developments

Soon new developments will spread in Bushwick as it happened elsewhere East Harlem, Manhattan

Developments Spreading
Developments Spreading

East Harlem, Manhattan

Traces of the Old
Traces of the Old

What would be left, traces of the once existing buildings, Queensboro, Queens

Pierre infront of his house
Pierre infront of his house

Pierre moved to Bushwick in Brooklyn few years ago, now worried if the rent comes up, he wont be able to afford it

40 Years... Same Place
40 Years... Same Place

For David his neighborhood in Bushwick changed a lot in the last 5 years!

Old Owners
Old Owners

Like the tenants, gentrification also affects old owners, but in a different way

60 Years Living Here
60 Years Living Here

"People are sneaking in!!! My apartments are for 2 to 3 people but 10 to 12 are sharing one small apartment!” Owner of an old building in Queensboro, Queens

Dramatic Urban Transformations
Dramatic Urban Transformations

What the residents may experience, can be overseen by many... however, what can't be overseen is the dramatic changes that the city is witnessing

Loosing Character
Loosing Character

To the point that most cities are becoming alike, Queensboro, Queens

Pressure
Pressure

The economic pressure will eventually push the old residents elsewhere, where they can find more affordable rent rates, Lower East Side, Manhattan

Loosing Character & Older Community
Loosing Character & Older Community

When the older community will eventually seize to exist, this will lead ... to getting rid of the old & brining in the new, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Copy Cities
Copy Cities

Gentrification today, is not only affecting the community feel of cities or pushing out older or less fortunate residents, but seems also to be transforming cities to be exact copies with no real character in architecture or design

Gentrification...
Gentrification...