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Gentrification

Gentrification Will Reduce Crime and Violence, But Only if Poor People Stay

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

Crime is contagious. Of that, there is little doubt. A central predictor of crime levels in a neighborhood is how much crime there is in the neighborhood next door. Communities that share borders share crime (technically, this is known as spatial autocorrelation).

In Economically Improving Neighborhoods, the Rising Tide Lifts Some Boats Higher Than Others

Todd Grindal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Todd Grindal

Social scientists have long argued that neighborhoods play an important role in shaping children's long-term academic attainment. This study supports this assertion but also suggests a need to focus on broadening the educational benefits that may flow from economic growth.

The Most Gentrified Cities In America

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 11.07.2013 | Business

Gentrification is difficult to quantify, but that hasn't stopped a researcher at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland from trying. Daniel Hartley...

Do Bike Lanes Promote Gentrification?

Jay Walljasper | Posted 11.05.2013 | Green
Jay Walljasper

While African-Americans comprise the fastest growing demographic of bicyclists, doubling from 2001 and 2009 according to U.S. Department of Transportation data, bike lanes proposed for African-American neighborhoods in several cities have drawn controversy.

Ghostly Remnants Of The Meatpacking District Before It Was Gentrified

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.05.2013 | Arts

Step into the Meatpacking District now and you'll see a barrage of stiletto heels click-clacking on perfectly manicured cobblestone streets, dwarfed b...

Kid Gripes To Top Obama Official: ‘White People Are Taking Over'

Robin Wilkey | Posted 09.26.2013 | Black Voices

Kids say the darndest things. On a recent visit to Everett Middle School in San Francisco’s central Mission District, Secretary of Housing and U...

Has Gentrification of New York's Harlem Neighborhood Stirred Up Prejudice Against LGBTQ Residents?

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

I'm told that, oddly, the resentment toward white queer people taking up residence in Harlem has been expressed more openly toward black queer people, in the form of homophobic and transphobic slurs and attacks.

Block by Block: Cities, Artistic Endeavor and the Future of Shared Purpose

David E. Thigpen | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
David E. Thigpen

The power of creative classes has long been recognized as a force for good in the life of cities, both for the beauty they create as well as for the magnetic pull they exert, drawing followers to precincts where few before them dared go.

Özge Dogan's Documentary, The Sacred, Reveals Sense of Loss in New York's "Little Syria"

Todd Fine | Posted 09.29.2013 | Arts
Todd Fine

Inspired by the efforts of the "Friends of the Lower West Side" and the Save Washington Street coalition to protect the last traces of Manhattan's Little Syria neighborhood, Turkish director Özge Dogan completed an extraordinary documentary film called The Sacred in 2012.

Some Thoughts on Why My Car Was Riddled With Bullets

David A. Love | Posted 09.29.2013 | Black Voices
David A. Love

Thanks to the Tea Party leaders who govern this state into the ground, the sorry excuse for an education in this city is little more than a prison preparatory program -- a holding pen for the state pen -- and these kids know it.

It Is Time to March on Washington Again!

Alan Singer | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 is the fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Between 200,000 and 300,00 people, more than 75 percent of whom were African-American, gathered around the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

This Is What Gentrification Looks Like

Posted 11.06.2013 | Comedy

Michael Che, one of New York City's funniest stand-up comics and a native of the Lower East Side, takes a look at how his neighborhood has changed ove...

New York's Sexiest Neighborhood

Greg Jacobs | Posted 08.31.2013 | New York
Greg Jacobs

Whether you're staying at The Bowery or Standard East Village, searching for your next multi-million dollar residential property, or feel like shoppin...

Lost Brooklyn, Mine Was Sweeter

Warren Adler | Posted 08.31.2013 | New York
Warren Adler

My life in Brooklyn was lived betwixt two neighborhoods, Brownsville and Crown Heights, both Jewish enclaves then. Irish and Italian neighborhoods were contiguous.

Challenging Gentrification in Eastern Europe

John Feffer | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
John Feffer

Certainly 1989 was a watershed year for politicians, political scientists, and human rights activists in East-Central Europe. But the people that really must have felt the ground shake beneath their feet were: real estate developers.

Fighting The Forces Of Gentrification

Feet In 2 Worlds | Sara Loscos | Posted 06.13.2013 | Latino Voices

Since 1972, the non-profit organization Los Sures has been helping to rebuild the south side of Williamsburg, a Brooklyn neighborhood undergoing rapid...

The Slow Death of Urban Grit

Justin Hernandez | Posted 07.28.2013 | New York
Justin Hernandez

There's always a sense of pride and happiness I feel whenever I return to New York after traveling. As I saw the Empire State Building illuminated against the nighttime sky during my taxi ride, I knew I was home.

City Parent

Sally Lee | Posted 07.24.2013 | Black Voices
Sally Lee

As a Native New Yorker, black daughter of an interracial marriage, and a... uh ...member(?) of an interracial marriage, I like to think I will raise my sons to feel as comfortable with diversity as my husband and I do.

PHOTOS: The Women Of Bushwick

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 05.20.2013 | New York

After seeing Leland Bobbé's photo series, 'The Women Of Fifth Avenue,' photographer Elizabeth Bick contacted us about her own series: portraits of th...

Wealth Accumulation, Race And The American Ashkenazi Jewish Experience

AVODAH | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
AVODAH

"She's not white, she's Jewish." Sometimes I would like to say this about myself, but it is untrue. I am a proud Jew and a proud white person, but that's not so easy to say. Is there reason for white people to be proud of their race after this country's legacy of racism?

D.C. Cafe Tour: Bloomingdale Edition

Sarah Barness | Posted 02.24.2014 | DC
Sarah Barness

Experiencing a cafe is the best (and quickest) way to get acquainted with the soul of an area, so naturally when I moved to Bloomingdale, the first thing I did was hit the coffee shops.

An Open Letter to Gawker's Hamilton Nolan (Re: Brooklyn)

Kenneth Rosen | Posted 05.20.2013 | New York
Kenneth Rosen

There's still a conversation that needs having. One about what to do with the disappearing neighborhoods, the cultures that existed before the hipster onslaught.

Pricey Apartments To Rise On Public Housing

AP | MEGHAN BARR and JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 03.08.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- New Yorkers pay dearly for the privilege of living in one of the world's great cities. But would they shell out top dollar for an apartmen...

PHOTOS: NYC's Disappearing Laundromats

Posted 02.19.2013 | New York

When laundromats, like bodegas, begin to disappear from a New York City neighborhood, it's often a surefire sign of gentrification. The Snorri Br...

The Crisis in Chicago

Chris Williams | Posted 04.08.2013 | Black Voices
Chris Williams

This may be easier said than done, but an effort must be made on all fronts by those in power to prevent more senseless deaths. Enough is enough. Too many black children have died. It is time to end this madness once and for all.