Behind what they Call Gentrification

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  • As many other neighborhoods in New York City, today Bushwick Avenue in Brooklyn is witnessing socio-economic transformations and demographic changes.
    Some refer to these changes as economic growth, or as commonly defined gentrification.
  • What usually remains in such neighborhoods is very small traces showing what was the real character of these neighborhoods
  • Developments are spreading in Bushwick as it happened elsewhere in the city, such as in East Harlem or Queensboro.
  • Pierre in front of his house in Bushwick, Brooklyn
  • Pierre is worried if the rent comes up, he wont be able to afford it
  • 40 Years... Same Place
  • For David Bushwick changed a lot in the last 5 years!
  • Old Owners
  • Like the tenants, gentrification also affects the old owners, but in a different way
  • 60 Years Living in Queensboro
  • "People are sneaking in!!! My apartments are for 2 to 3 people but 10 to 12 are sharing one small apartment!” Marie is the owner of an old building in Queensboro.
  • What the residents may experience, can be overseen by many. However, what can't be overseen is the dramatic changes in the urban morphology of cities. Unfortunately making most cities today very similar, loosing the authentic character and the heritage of each unique world city. 
  • The economic pressure will eventually push the old residents, who are mostly tenants elsewhere, where they can find more affordable rent rates.
  • Which willl lead to getting rid of the old & bringing in the new
  • Alike Cities --- are not Sister Cities
    Change seems attractive and sometimes necessary, but does it balance social equity and maintain the cultural uniqueness of each city?