For Those Stuck At Work An Interesting Article to Read

New York Magazine has a very interesting article on the “Degentrification” of Red Hook Brooklyn. A very interesting read if you are stuck at work on this Friday after Thanksgiving or if you need a break from your family.

Props to Frozen Tropics for spotting the article.

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  • Actually, as someone who lives in both Petworth and Red Hook (I commute), I found the article interesting not because it reflected the reality of Red Hook — which is doing much better than the article suggests — but rather my fears about Petworth. I think it’s true that people bought into both neighborhoods with fantasies about immediate, universal gentrification that are simply not coming to pass. But now those fantasies have faded, I don’t hear people talk about bailing out of Red Hook the way I’ve heard people talk of bailing out of Petworth. I think that has something to do with the fact that often first-time home buyers in DC are less committed, in the end, to staying in DC (vs moving out of the city) then people who move to Red Hook are about staying in NYC.

  • People are thinking of leaving Petworth because of “slow gentrification”? Really?

  • Prince Of Petworth

    There is no way people are leaving Petworth because of “slow gentrification”. I think that the anon. poster is simply trying to start some static…

  • I got to be honest, I am getting really sick of the low standards of the district so I can relate to what anonymous is saying. When NYC has just revealed they will have the lowest murder rate in 40 years, and the lowest crime rate of all big cities, I wonder what am I doing here in DC. I am right on the border of Col Heights and Petworth, and I see a melting pot of good and bad stuff going on. My fear is that the good that is going on doesn’t have the framework it needs to survive. That framework would be functional government. I have no confidence in MPD, everyone knows DCRA is broke, OOP has alarmed me on several fronts , and Mayor Fenty has been a huge disappointment so far.

    I go back and forth, on most days I love this area then today I see nothing but crack heads walking around and I wonder what I am still doing here.

  • I do sympathize with you, “Maybe.” But I also wonder — is it that New York does not actually have the problems that DC has, or is it that we don’t hear about them because we live here, not there? Do we actually have lower standards? And I’m not trying to challenge you; I truly don’t know the answer. D.C. absolutely has an infuriating level of dysfunction. But is it comparable to other cities?

    I used to live in Miami, and I could tell you stories about the corruption in the county and city government there that could rival anything we hear about in DC. Including the time a mayor (!) showed up at a resident’s house at 10 p.m., banging on her door and insulting her, because she had written him a nasty letter. They did not know each other. He was just mad. They called him Mayor Loco. (Google “Xavier Suarez” and “Edna Benson” if you don’t believe me.)

    We had a district attorney go out to a strip club after losing a big case, bite an exotic dancer on the arm, then deny he had ever been there — which was shown to be a lie after it was noted that he paid for everything with his credit card. Also, the teeth prints matched. (Google “Kendall Coffey biting stripper” for that one.)

    And let’s not talk about the murder rate. Even so, living in Miami was so much fun sometimes. Just as an aside, though: this is one of the things that infuriates me with the patronizing comments by *some* people, definitely not all people, that D.C. doesn’t deserve voting representation in Congress because its residents are too stupid/corrupt/black/whatever and voted for Marion Barry multiple times. You tell me that Miami residents don’t deserve a voting rep in Congress for the same reason, then we’ll talk.

    Anyway, all that to say — it doesn’t make dealing with DC DMV any more wonderful to know that the DMV sucks in other places, too. But I’m just not sure that other urban areas are so perfect, either. Even New York. Even vaunted Ffx and MoCo.

  • Maybe shares a lot of the concerns that most of us have had for many years. I’ve lived in and around DC all my life and have watched many good and bad moments happen in this city. The reality is that the bad exists because everyone that had money in the 1960s and 70s (blacks and whites) all left DC in search of safer neighborhoods and better schools. What is happening now is not gentrification, but an attempt to get the city back to what it originally was. Every area has poor people, but when you concentrate all the poor people in one area and then systematically strip away any power they might have had, you get violence, corruption, and worse. You get DC from the period of about 1978 until Williams came into office. That being said, I am absolutely confident that Fenty, Chief Lanier, and others that Fenty has put in place are slowly moving us out of this dangerous place. We are beginning to see it happen already, but must realize it will take a lot of time.

  • Beautifully said, ward4resident.

  • all good points here.

  • Ward4 is right, there is nothing unique about DC or it’s dysfunctions, only our willingness to let those dysfunctions continue is at issue.

    And while NYC’s murder rate is at a 40 year low let us not forget that 2000+ people used to be slaughtered in NYC yearly, so let’s not pee our pants about how safe the Big Rotten Apple is. That and the fact that it is filled to the brim with Yankees fans makes it rank just below Baghdad on my list of preferable locales.

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