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View Poll Results: Has gentrification helped or hurt NYC neighborhoods?
Yes, after gentrification many neighborhoods have improved. 28 66.67%
No, Gentrification has had negative effects on the communities it impacts. 14 33.33%
Voters: 42. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-14-2012, 09:11 AM
 
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Simple open-ended question for you guys.

It's up to you to decide which side you take, there's good arguments on boths sides.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Although there have been some undesirable side effects, gentrification is largely a positive for any neighborhood. I don't think there are really any valid arguments against decreased crime, cleaner streets, more and better businesses etc. It's also unstoppable in a free society. People are allowed to move into and out of any area in the United States that they wish as long as they have the means to do so.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:35 AM
 
Location: USA
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it only helped the people who
could afford to stay and the new
residents who could afford to buy,
thus raising the tax base.

everybody else got kicked to the curb.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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it only helped the people who
could afford to stay and the new
residents who could afford to buy,
thus raising the tax base.

everybody else got kicked to the curb.
If those residents were strategic and forward thinking -- then they could have enjoyed the effects of gentrification as well. Many have, by getting themselves into rent stabilized or rent controlled apartments, or buying property when it was cheap.

When I rented in the northern part of what is today considered Park Slope, the guy that owned the building bought it in the 70's when many brownstones in the area were abandoned. He's certainly cashing in now and more power to him. An example of an original resident who cared about the community and made it better.

I think the city needs more affordable housing for sure, but gentrification starts with people caring about and investing in the neighborhood they live in, rather than just complaining when things are bad and then complaining again when things get better.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:00 AM
 
Location: USA
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i agree, but the mortgage meltdown had a lot to do with it too. a lot of
landlords went under as a result, not just the previous tenants. rich money
is what made gentrification possible. they took the scraps, fixed it up and
made huge profits from it. anyone who wasn't underwater got over.
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Old 12-15-2012, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Glendale NY
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It helped some areas, and hurt others.
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:09 PM
 
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If you want to see gentrification at work, visit Asbury Park. Thanks to the gay population, who has taken it over, there are myriad of new housing, and glorious restaurants, boutiques, bistros, etc. Asbury Park was a sewer, before this good people saw the opportunity to make a difference.
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Bronx
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If you want to see gentrification at work, visit Asbury Park. Thanks to the gay population, who has taken it over, there are myriad of new housing, and glorious restaurants, boutiques, bistros, etc. Asbury Park was a sewer, before this good people saw the opportunity to make a difference.
Thats in San Francisco right?
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Old 12-15-2012, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Bronx
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Another thing about gentrification is the dynamics of the times. Gen Y crowd majority of them are from the Suburbs and college educated have no desire to live in the suburbs anymore and will probably prefer to live in cities which for them seems more livable. These same types of dynamics might be different in the next 10-20 years. All I know is if I was a landlord and owned a Brownstone in Harlem, Mott Haven, or Bedstuy I would try real hard to fix it up and get with the program now before things get cold again. Food does not remain hot and tastey forever!
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:27 PM
 
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Like it or not this is also gentrification:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uc2J...e_gdata_player
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