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Gentrification

Where a Michigan Street and Change Meet

Maja Tosic | Posted 07.29.2015 | Impact
Maja Tosic

Time travel exists. Just travel down Division Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From Medical Mile to 28th Street, the city shifts from the recently ne...

The Queers Left Behind: How LGBT Assimilation Is Hurting Our Community's Most Vulnerable

Colin Walmsley | Posted 07.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Colin Walmsley

Is this to be the brave new gay world? A world in which the public face of the queer community -- the gay, the white, the cisgender and the wealthy -- take their place among society's elite, leaving the transgender, the non-white, the poor and the homeless to fend for themselves?

Got Gentrification?

Martin Kleinman | Posted 07.17.2015 | New York
Martin Kleinman

Change can be good. Improved schools, transportation, job creation, street safety, housing - everyone wants that. And, let's face it, the better a neighborhood gets, the higher housing prices go. But it's a question of degree, of balance, of compassion.

Shifting Sands: New Dynamics in the Bronx Art Scene

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

In the middle of June, at the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse at East 161st Street and Third Avenue, a large gathering of people came together to hear panelists parse the "New Dynamics in the Bronx Art Scene."

Do Latino Neighborhoods Have More to Fear from Gentrification?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 07.02.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

In response to this dark side of gentrification, some Latino community leaders in Los Angeles launched the "gente-fication" movement ("gente" is Spanish for "people," but you already knew that).

Pride Returns to It's Protesting Roots

Dan Glass | Posted 07.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Dan Glass

'RIP Pride' took place because of the corporate focus of Pride in London is seen to be influenced by those involved in running it. The Pride in London Board who are responsible for delivery of Pride is made up of mainly business bodies who have little or no connection to the queer community.

The Cost of Moving to the 'Burbs'

Ehsan Zaffar | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Ehsan Zaffar

One of the lasting inequities of gentrification is the increasing unaffordability of urban centers.

A Lego Brick Utopia Has Appeared In New York City

The Huffington Post | Colton Valentine | Posted 06.12.2015 | Arts

New York City’s High Line has always felt like an architectural utopia. A defunct railroad reclaimed as an elevated park, the space invites the ming...

Nana's Gonna Spruce Up the 'Hood

Greg Schwem | Posted 06.05.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

Dad's been gone over a year now. It was time to sit down with Mom and have that uncomfortable but necessary conversation about moving on. I started with simple suggestions.

Jenny Che

Here Are The Priciest Neighborhoods In Brooklyn And Manhattan

HuffingtonPost.com | Jenny Che | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business

Remember when Brooklyn was still relatively cheap? With developers jumping to gut-renovate buildings and rent them out at higher rates, even inner ...

Monster in the Mission

Mark Ortiz | Posted 06.03.2015 | San Francisco
Mark Ortiz

"The only public housing this city provides is county jails," Bilal Ali of the Coalition Against Homelessness said at a rally on the steps of San Francisco's city hall last Tuesday.

Mallika Rao

Welcome To Brooklyn, Where Artisanal Comedy Is Brewing

HuffingtonPost.com | Mallika Rao | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts

Illustration by Priscilla Frank Value typically parallels price. High-quality food tends to be expensive. Ditto for clothes, airline seats --...

Mark Dendy Explores Social Issues at Joe's Pub

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 05.18.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

The Lower East Side has always been a playground for oddballs, creative types who diverge from Manhattan's mold. It's a quirky neighborhood filled with idiosyncrasies and secrets stuffed in blocks and buildings. These days, south of Union Square is trending, a wonderland of bars, movie houses, and restaurants that offer a refreshing contrast to Midtown.

The Buzzer's Broken

Kerri Allen | Posted 06.13.2015 | Arts
Kerri Allen

"Buzzer" weaves a pretty implausible plot in which Suzy, a tightly-wound Harvard grad and inner-city teacher, puts up with unceasing street harassment as well as her boyfriend's in-recovery pal Don crashing in their new pad for six months. That such a successful man as Jackson would endure this tests the limits of believability.

Gentrification Finally Gets The Board Game It Deserves

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.24.2015 | Comedy

Have a neighborhood near you that's gotten obnoxiously hip? Watch Above Average's board game spoof "The Settlers of Brooklyn" and fuel your resentm...

Roque Planas

Those Guys Getting Picketed For Demolishing A Piñata Store Run A PR Firm

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 03.30.2015 | Latino Voices

Jordan French and Darius Fisher, the men who recently demolished a Texas piñata store with the inventory still inside, run a public relations firm th...

Roque Planas

Destroying A Family-Owned Piñata Shop Totally Backfired Against This Company

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 03.20.2015 | Latino Voices

Sergio Lejarazu had received several eviction notices to leave his piñata store, but he says he knew his lease on the east Austin, Texas, location wa...

The Terrible 'Irony' Of Starbucks' 'Race Together' Campaign

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.19.2015 | Black Voices

Starbucks announced its "Race Together" campaign this week to intense backlash, much of which pointed to the terrible irony of the poorly-executed cru...

Gentrified Brooklyn Is Not My Brooklyn

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 05.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Vanessa Mártir

These days, when I go back to Bushwick what I remember isn't what is. The corriente that ran through the neighborhood is gone. There's no Jerry Rivera blasting from passing cars. La doña who never left her spot at the window of her second floor apartment on Grove Street, is gone.

Where Have All the Dive Bars Gone?

Ali Hussain | Posted 05.12.2015 | Comedy
Ali Hussain

Brooding and swaying at the bar from the long wait, I see a silent figure under the dim glow of the numerous Edison light bulbs that hang above. It is the one-eyed pirate king, Mori Mortison Monteqleu VII, himself.

New York, New York -- So Good They Named it Twice (and Just Kept Going)

Matt Hutchinson | Posted 05.06.2015 | Travel
Matt Hutchinson

Everyone loves a new coffee shop on their block but, as rents rise and New Yorkers get squeezed out of neighborhoods they've called home for years, is N.Y.C. simply becoming a city for rich people?

My So-Called Free-Range Childhood

Erika Milvy | Posted 05.03.2015 | Parents
Erika Milvy

When I read these gloating musings, I bristle. These parents were probably raised in suburbia, I think, sneering to myself a tiny bit. I'm contemptuous of these contemptuous parents with their Rockwell-esque reveries.

Movie Night in Downtown LA

Joel Epstein | Posted 04.28.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

With so much of our country mired in the nonsensical pablum that has paralyzed Washington and the news media (think Rudy Giuliani, Brian Williams and Bill O"Reilly), it is refreshing listening to a mayor who understands jive but doesn't give it to us.

In Gentrified Brooklyn, Where Will Ordinary People Live?

Alan Singer | Posted 04.15.2015 | New York
Alan Singer

Gentrification may bring Starbucks to a formerly underserved community, but it also brings devastation for people who are displaced when rents skyrocket and they can no longer afford to live in old neighborhoods. There are now ten Starbucks in Brooklyn and counting.

Cities Are Coming Back, But Urban Poverty Remains an Immense Challenge

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 04.11.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

It is hard to think of a phenomenon that has done greater damage to our environment (as well as to our economy and social fabric) than the mass exodus from our older cities and towns that took place in the latter half of the 20th century.