I am in Brooklyn for the next couple of weeks; in an area called Bed-Stuy. This is my second time staying in this area. It is interesting because I see that it is in the middle phase of gentrification. I know that some who probably saw this area before 2010 may not agree with the statement that I am about to write, but this is my opinion. I think that right now Bed-Stuy has a good balance and if it could just stop here and everyone in this neighborhood band together and cultivate it, this place could stay beautiful. Most likely that isn’t going to be the case. Here are some of the flyers I saw for new homes and rentals in Bed-Stuy.
This is where Detroit is heading. Rent that a large portion of the current Detroit population cannot afford. We tend to connect not having the ability to pay for things with class of people. Economic class does not and should not be a criteria of the quality of the person. But, that is what gentrification can do; dismiss our qualities and look only at our economic value and tell us that we can no longer be a part of this city of Detroit. What makes a society great; a city an utopia, is the coming together of different people and the ideas, thoughts and needs of those people. It’s hard to keep that balance, but it is not impossible if we care for our fellow man.
There is something about Bed-Stuy, Detroit and other cities and neighborhoods around the states that attracts people. That “something” was created by the people pre-gentrification. That must be understood. So, if those people and their experiences, cultures, thoughts, families are no longer part of the city or specific neighborhood, that removes the thing that attracted people to that place. That place then seems to become something that, in most cases is bland. Economically it may be stronger, but the human experience is larger than money.
Detroit needs change. I agree, agree, agree. This whole country needs it, but we can no longer throw away a group of peoples experiences and dreams away for someone elses. This country was built on that kind of thinking and it has created a toxic thread in our society. We need to help others while we help ourselves.