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Wealth Accumulation, Race And The American Ashkenazi Jewish Experience

AVODAH | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion

"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.

The Gentrification Of Crown Heights

NARRATIVE.LY | Posted 01.15.2013 | New York

A hypothetical time-lapse video of Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, starting in the year 2000: The block is lined with dollar stores, bodeg...

Latino Williamsburg's Struggle Against Gentrification

NARRATIVE.LY | Posted 01.14.2013 | New York

Whirlybird, a year-old coffee shop on South 2nd Street in Williamsburg, serves good espresso and organic, gluten-free breakfast tacos filled with scra...

Gentrification Via Bologna Sandwich

Patrick Wensink | Posted 02.11.2013 | Books
Patrick Wensink

Since before Hauck's Market opened 100 years ago, Schnitzelburg has had an amazingly warm, tight, community. But people like myself are threatening it. We're not trying to ruin Schnitzelburg, but we are anyway.

Dive Bar Wants To 'Secede' From Park Slope

DNAinfo | Posted 11.21.2012 | New York

PARK SLOPE — A longtime local watering hole says it wants to quit Park Slope cold turkey. A bartender at Jackie's Fifth Amendment has started an ...

WATCH: SF Gentrification 2.0 -- For Better Or Worse?

Turnstyle | Posted 10.23.2012 | San Francisco

It seems that every month brings a big new development in San Francisco's tech scene, and with those developments comes more outcry that the city's working class isn't seeing the benefits of the re-configuring economy.

Woman Shocked By What Was Living In Her Home

Posted 10.11.2012 | Money

Heidi Peterson left her rundown Detroit home early last year after her boiler broke down so that it could undergo extensive renovations. But after she...

The Death of American Cool

Richey Piiparinen | Posted 09.30.2012 | Home
Richey Piiparinen

American "cool" has been trending from a point of distinction into a sea of non-descriptiveness for some time. You know: Miles Davis meets Kim Kardashian, and the birth of cool mopes into the death of cool. And we only have ourselves to thank for it.

Gentrification: Views From Both Sides of the Street

Jerry Mangona | Posted 09.09.2012 | Detroit
Jerry Mangona

Despite the fact that Detroiters will get the benefits of newfound energy, enthusiasm, and even money, it's unrealistic to expect a group who is scared of the unknown and having power stripped away to welcome outsiders with open arms.

Why Rangel Gets My Vote: One Harlemite's Viewpoint

Keisha Sutton-James | Posted 08.25.2012 | Black Voices
Keisha Sutton-James

For better or for worse, it was Rangel's empowerment zones legislation, as well as other factors, that attracted the capital that now makes Harlem a place these newcomers can and do call home.

Brooklyn Is Much Whiter Than 10 Years Ago (INTERVIEW)

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 06.13.2012 | New York

According to The Fordham Institute's Michael J. Petrilli, Brooklyn has four of the nation's top 25 most gentrifying zip codes. They are, in order of w...

WATCH: The West Village Wants To Kill All The Doo-Wop Groups

Posted 06.04.2012 | New York

Summer in New York City, for all its joys, brings many bothers-- swarms of bees, smelly streets, falling air-conditioner water, mosquitoes, the ice cr...

New York Times Deems Popular Local Neighborhood 'The New Mission'

Aaron Sankin | Posted 05.11.2012 | San Francisco

Every so often, someone from the New York Times will bravely fly over the vast majority of the county, land in the San Francisco Bay Area and official...

A Night in Anacostia: The Beginning of Southeast D.C.'s Rebirth

Raymond Schillinger | Posted 06.19.2012 | DC
Raymond Schillinger

Signs suggest Anacostia is next in line for resurrection. The vestiges of economic blight -- unkempt liquor stores and condemned buildings -- are slowly vanishing as startup businesses, art galleries and new restaurants take their place.

Southside Showdown - the Struggle for Control of Education in Los Sures

Jason A. Otaño | Posted 04.30.2012 | Latino Voices
Jason A. Ota&ntildeo

Like much of Williamsburg, over the last decade the look of Los Sures has seen dramatic changes. The demographic dominance that the Puerto Rican community once held is long gone due to mass displacement.

Artists And Their Trains: How NYC Was Gentrified

Posted 01.27.2012 | New York

The relationship between artists, subway access and gentrification is well-established. But not until the Observer published an excerpt from a Capita...

Southpaw, Bleecker Bob's Records, Holiday Cocktail Lounge All Closing

Posted 01.27.2012 | New York

The somber list of classic New York closings takes another hit this week as two longtime music establishments, Southpaw in Park Slope and Bleecker Bob...

Becoming a Detroiter Is About Rebuilding a City Through Relationships Not Gentrification

Patrick Geans-Ali | Posted 03.24.2012 | Detroit
Patrick Geans-Ali

Detroit doesn't need elitist gentrifiers who are looking for opportunities to benefit only themselves, but citizens who will get in the trenches and help rebuild the city from the ground up.

Lost in Detroit: A Gentrifier's Story

Tommy Simon | Posted 03.11.2012 | Detroit
Tommy Simon

Let me say, as a young gentrifier, it's not that easy. Aside from my daily struggle of squeezing my legs into my skinny jeans, life is not a trust-fund joyride when you're a partially employed member of Detroit's creative class.

The Blood and Beauty Of The Meatpacking District: A Story Of Change (PHOTOS)

Laura Rowley | Posted 12.27.2011 | Fifty

A decade ago Pamela Greene decided to take a street photography class in New York City. A former journalist, screenwriter and advertising executive, ...