American Thinker

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 In an online source known as the American Thinker, author Richard Cravatts argues that gentrification, like the Economist piece, is a good thing for poor people and that the progressives that protest gentrification are actually trying to keep neighborhoods like Harlem poor and uncivilized. His claims sound pretty fair and given the language of the article, he sounds like he knows what he is talking about; however, he fails to see the actual problem with gentrification and classifies it as a non-issue and a great technique to improve the overall lives of everyone in a neighborhood.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Taking the example of Harlem, a historically black and Latino community, the recent development of the prestigious Ivy League Columbia University’s expansion into Harlem is quite problematic for some. It’s seen as an invasion of elite, young folk taking the space of people who have resided in Harlem for generations. While increased security and better living conditions will prevail over Harlem, the extinction of local businesses and culture is threatening. The author of this post cites¬†Howard Husock, Director of the Manhattan Institute’s Social Entrepreneurship Initiative as saying that Housing Projects radiate dysfunction and allow these neighborhoods to continue breeding poverty. This takes on the narrative that poverty is a pathology and that people will continue to be poor if the city allows it. The real problem is that the city doesn’t provide extra resources for low-income neighborhoods to flourish. Take the ever-famous Pruitt-Igoe housing project in St. Louis for example. The city built massive apartments for low-income people to live in, but failed to hire security, maintenance crew, educators, and local businesses failed as White Flight occurred around the same time.¬†

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Yes, it’s probably very useful to have Section 8 housing or mandatory inclusion within luxury apartments so that cultures can mix and perhaps benefit from each other, but the incentives for developers are not there. Gentrification could be great if it considered keeping pieces of the original, long standing structures of the past cultures instead of completely revamping an entire neighborhood and hoping that the inhabitants also assimilate to the new, elite culture.

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