Race, Money & Gentrification

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“There’s an obvious irony to the fact that even as race was key to the ‘white flight’ of the 1960s and ‘70s- both via redlining and the suburban covenant that excluded non-whites- it’s arguably just as central to the return of a new generation of white urban immigrants to neighborhoods that, in many cases, their own parents and grandparents abandoned. (‘My parents couldn’t believe I was moving to Brooklyn- they worked so hard to get out of there!’ is a common twenty-first century urban pioneer tale.) Viewed this way, both white flight and white return are two sides of the same coin. Those privileged by money and skin color getting to choose where to live- and who to live with- while those who are not so privileged have to take whatever’s left for them.” – From, “The Brooklyn Wars: The Stories Behind The Remaking Of New York’s Most Celebrated Borough” By: Neil DeMause

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