In the Spotlight
A recent feature published in New York Magazine proposes that gentrification does not have to be something that is truly all that bad. The feature explores the potential that gentrification stands to hold in relation to improving the safety and economic prosperity of neighborhoods that have been plagued by widespread crime and economic hardships.
While the article emphasizes the potential pros of gentrification, while not entirely ignoring its cons, it fails to highlight the specific challenges of some neighborhoods in New York City. According to the Department of Homeless Services, for the past seven years Bedford-Stuyvesant has ranked amongst the top five communities that are displacing families and sending them into the shelter system. The increasing numbers of homeless families has brought into question the legitimacy of the argument that gentrification truly benefits poor communities….
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