gentrification

UNNECESSARY LATINO VS BLACK

IDK what the fuck is in New York City water but today alone I’ve witnessed & participated in altercations where a Black person tells a Latinx to go back to their country / learn English / not to speak Spanish around them . Shit really fucking PISSES ME OFF . I can not tell you how many rallies I have gone to where there were countless amounts of Latinos supporting #BlackLivesMatter , including myself ! As someone who is not from America and who’s first & primary language is NOT English , that shit is fuckin hurtful to say . & all 3 altercations today started on the bus or train over trivial ass shit like accidental bumping or something. Why does it need to go from 0-100 every fuckin time !? We are suppose to be on the same fuckin side ! We are all suppose to be fighting for respect ! Black people do not want to be treated wrong / killed because of their skin color and Latinx do not want to be treated wrong / killed because of their immigrant status or language barrier . Shit is baffling to me as someone who identifies as
AFRO-LATINA , as someone who has family of all nationalities & ethnicities.

Point is - I’m over here cursing white people out for not respecting black people and then black people turn right around and disrespect Latinx’s and I’m left feeling stupid & resentful AF.

What bothers me more is that all too often , Caucasian Americans say the SAME ass hurtful and tasteless immigrant & “learn English” comments ! Yall acting just like these mothafuckas smh.


( SIDENOTE: all 3 altercations had a dark complexion Latinx involved, not a white Latinx . It’s hot in NYC & people are annoyed with the MTA so tempers are already high . none of them spoke English because we LIVE in a predominantly Spanish speaking neighborhood that only recently saw an influx of non-Spanish speaking African Americans move in … Gentrification )

No affordable Housing then no construction !!! …. My heart aches every time I am in #BK , you would think that I’m used to it since I live in #Harlem… But you never get used to the sight of community homes gutted out by the side of the curve, furnitures holding its last breath as the newly painted white walls dry up…. #gentrification #poc #migrant #qtpoc #artist #art4 #femmesofcolor

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“They’ve taken an area that was formerly a home for gay people, for queer people, for artists,” says John Criscitello while showing me around Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, “and they’ve turned it into a destination drinking spot.”

Criscitello, an artist who lives and works on Capitol Hill, is 48 years old but looks a decade younger. He’s tall and muscled, with tattoos covering most of his skin and blue eyes that stand out against the gloomy Seattle sky. He hasn’t been in the city long — he moved from New York just four years ago — but in that short time, he’s seen the neighborhood change immensely. His guerrilla posters, wheat-pasted to buildings and telephone poles, say things like “Welcome rich kids” and “We came here to get away from you.”

Rainbow flags turn to NFL banners as former bastions of queer culture transform into playgrounds for rich straights

washingtonpost.com
D.C.’s Chinatown has only 300 Chinese Americans left, and they’re fighting to stay.

The population of Chinese Americans in Chinatown has shrunk from a high of 3,000 to about 300 — half of whom are now fighting to be able to stay.

It was about a year ago that residents of Tang’s apartment complex, Museum Square, received demolition notices. The building houses roughly half of Chinatown’s remaining Chinese community, and although many could not read what was written in the English-language letters from the building’s owner, their African American neighbors helped them to understand: The building’s Section 8 contract was due to expire, and the owner planned to demolish their tawny home to make way for a new development .

The tenants and the D.C. Council are embroiled in a legal battle with the landlord, Virginia-based Bush Companies. While they await a court decision about how much it would cost them to buy Museum Square for themselves, Tang and her neighbors are restless. They find it difficult to grasp that they might have to move away in October.

“Even though it’s not Chinatown anymore,” Tang says, “we still want to stay here. Where we feel safe.”

fusion.net
Washington D.C.'s Chinatown has just 300 Chinese-American residents left

According to a 2013 study of Chinatowns in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, the percent of Chinese people living in each Chinatown decreased between 2000 and 2010, while white populations grew quickly. Real estate prices in all three neighborhoods went up, and new luxury housing rose above the streets. “Gentrification is really at an accelerated, turbocharged rate,” Bethany Li, a Yale lecturer and one of the study’s authors, told Fusion.

The ornate, colorful welcome gate at the entrance to Washington D.C.’s Chinatown once marked a thriving immigrant neighborhood. Like Chinatowns in big cities around the U.S., the neighborhood helped working-class Chinese immigrants find a job, a place to live, and a community that would accept them.

Now, D.C.’s Chinatown is a shell of its former self. As the Washington Post reported on Friday, there are only about 300 Chinese-Americans still living there today, down from a high of 3,000. About 150 of those people live in a building scheduled to be demolished later this year.

While D.C. is an extreme example, Chinese-Americans have left Chinatowns nationwide, being pushed out by gentrification and skyrocketing real estate prices. It’s a trend that threatens to erase communities that have given generations of working-class immigrants a shot at the American dream.

Chinatowns were crucial to helping early immigrants get a foothold in big cities like New York and San Francisco—home to the largest Chinatown outside of Asia—as well as smaller ones like Cleveland and Portland. But they were also created by discriminatory housing policies keeping Chinese immigrants in certain areas, and shaped by the violence of racist mobs.

“You couldn’t buy houses, most areas you couldn’t rent apartments, so you’d end up in ghettos,” said Peter Kwong, a Hunter College professor who’s written a book on Chinatowns. “It was segregation, just like with blacks.”

After the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act lifted quotas on Chinese immigrants, Chinatowns across the country saw a growth spurt. As manufacturing businesses shipped jobs overseas, the small, immigrant-led garment factories in many Chinatowns flourished. The neighborhoods also became major tourist destinations.

The gentrification in Chinatowns has to do with the larger trend of people moving back to cities. For decades, Chinatowns were seen as unattractive areas to live in, and locals had to put up with poor city services and housing quality, not to mention discrimination and racism. Now, the same characteristics that made Chinatowns unappealing real estate markets in the past are suddenly attractive: high density, locations close to downtown, walkable streets and good transit access. Developers are replacing old tenement buildings with high-end condos, and more non-Chinese people are moving in.

In Boston’s Chinatown, Asians are a minority for the first time, and the neighborhood’s character has been transformed by apartment towers. “We’re slowly being gentrified out of existence,” Andrew Leong, a University of Massachusetts-Boston professor, told the Boston Globe.

In addition to the change in racial statistics, the study also found changes in how people lived. There are fewer multi-generational family households and households with children under age 17 in all three Chinatowns, suggesting fewer families and more college students and young professionals.

These kinds of changes are especially drastic in D.C. Half of the tiny Chinese community that’s still left in the neighborhood lives in a single apartment building, supported by affordable housing vouchers. The residents of the building are currently locked in a court battle with their Virginia landlord, which wants to tear the building down for new development.

“Rich people would never have lived here before, but we’ve set down our roots,” Jianhong Wang, a 77-year-old resident of the neighborhood, told the Post. “Now that circumstances are better, they’re trying to buy everything.”

As Chinese-Americans are pushed out of Chinatowns, more are moving to suburbs or exurban communities, centered now around malls and food courts instead of neighborhood shops. In the country’s 52 largest metro areas, the Asian population grew 66.2% in suburbs and only 34.9% in cities between 2000 and 2012, according to demographer Joel Kotkin. Other immigrants are going back to China, where they see more opportunities for success.

What can be done to help Chinese people stay in Chinatowns? The answer is keeping housing prices down, a major challenge in neighborhoods across big cities, not just Chinatowns. In New York, Chinatown residents have advocated for a rezoning plan that would limit luxury development in the area and incentivize affordable housing. But in other cities like D.C., it may already be too late.

“Gentrification is absolutely going to displace residents if you don’t have countering policies that help keep low income people who have been living there,” Li said. “Cities aren’t accounting for the residents who will be displaced.”

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Striking photos capture San Francisco before big tech took over 

Janet Delaney has been around to witness most of San Francisco’s dramatic transformation. In an exhibition on display at the de Young Museum, her photo project — Janet Delaney: South of Market — is fueling conversations around just how much has shifted, and what it means for the future of the city.

3 Ways To End Chinatown’s Gentrification

What’s been happening in Chinatown has hardly been silent, even if outsiders have been quiet about it. While neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Crown Heights, and Harlem have all become synonymous with encroaching gentrification, Chinatown probably elicits little more than an acknowledged existence in most New Yorker’s minds. We know something has been changing there, we may have even seen a headline once talking about it, but the large neighborhood covering parts of the Lower East Side and Two Bridges hardly gets its deserved attention.

Many are failing to recognize that if the gentrification happening in Chinatown can be stopped, and neighborhood development managed in a way that benefits all community members, the same can probably be done elsewhere…

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like, it’s everything. everything in capitol hill that is good. 

they’re tearing down honeyhole/babeland

they’re tearing down value village and the building that the first ever REI was in

they already tore down the best coffee shop (imo) to build condos

tore down affordable housing to build condos

tearing down housing to build condos 

and

it

goes

on

forever

they

are

tearing

down

my

entire

city

every point on that map is a structure being demolished.

How One Boston Neighborhood Stopped Gentrification in Its Tracks

Tony Hernandez remembers playing as a child on the vacant lots in the Dudley Street neighborhood of Boston. In the 1980s, white flight and disinvestment had so devastated this neighborhood that more than 20 percent of the land—1,300 lots—lay vacant. Today, Hernandez owns a home on this land, one of 225 units of permanently affordable housing. His home is surrounded by parks and gardens, a town common, community center, charter school, community greenhouse, and several urban farms. This transformation was led by residents of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, who in the late 1980s established a community land trust to take democratic ownership of the land and guide development.

The gentrification of Brixton unites an eclectic group of protesters


The main objection of the demonstration is to “gentrification”, which means people who have lived in this area for decades being edged out by the only people who can afford a place on the Victoria line. But when you look at the range of the people involved – Anafo, a club promoter who also has a small business in Brixton market, Arnie, from the direct action group, London Black Revs, who would like 1,000 people to occupy Lambeth Town Hall until election day, and Ravi, a private renter in Dorchester Court, Aurelie Hulse, from the Knights Walk campaign, it becomes plain that, as Anafo says, “It’s no longer the dreaded ‘g’ word. It’s hyper gentrification – it’s far more aggressive”. 

anonymous asked:

Why do you act like people have some sort of absolute right to live in any particular location? Sure it sucks that people are dislocated, and it would be nice if they got more support in that. But no one is being "evil" or whatever by buying land and doing what they want with it.

ya

ya they are

racism is evil

classism is evil

transphobia is evil

displacement is evil

i’m not even kidding dude. these are all direct results/symptoms of gentrification

seattle’s rate of hate crimes has rapidly increased since the biggest developments in capitol hill have been built 

and its no coincidence that the tech industries that are bringing the people here are overwhelmingly white and male

you can’t just “do what you want” with things when other people are directly affected 

and by directly affected i mean displaced, beaten, made homeless, and murdered