reflections on faith and justice from an urban minister's perspective
Interesting. The gentrification continues. I bet that the residents of this new building will not be of similar ethnicity and economic class of the majority of Garfield Park residents. Its also interesting to see Breakthrough seemingly expediting this process of gentrification and being ignorant of its ramifications on the very people it is attempting to help.
To the anonymous poster...I would love to see what reasoning you have for the 2nd part of your comment... how Breakthrough is "seemingly expediting the process of gentrification and being ignorant of its ramifications on the very people it is attempting to help."And to be so outspoken... but yet, anonymous... I think an open dialogue would benefit us all.
We are very aware of the effects of gentrification and are doing all we can to preserve affordable housing. Check out this link.
Let's not encourage any type of investment or revitalization in East Garfield Park. Things are fine the way they are. Abandoned buildings, vacant lots, liquor stores, and pawn shops are much more attractive then those pesky "Yuppie" condos. They should build those condos in Lincoln Park and leave East Garfield the way it is. The other day I saw a 6 year old playing in a vacant lot on Kedzie, god forbid if we take away his broken glass littered play lot. Shame on you Arloa for bringing investment to an area that obviously does not need it, just look at the vibrancy of Madison street.
I understand your sarcasm, when most people think of gentrification it's usually a very positive image, but that's not always the case for the people living in the neighborhood. Seeing as how these neighborhoods don't have a lot of money in the first place, gentrification raises the prices of rent for a lot of these people, making it harder for them to afford their housing, possibly forcing them to move. There is also a huge affect on the area's culture, which also makes this controversial. Seeing as how there are entirely new people living in the neighborhood, it's no longer the same. There are positives that come with gentrification, but there are some negatives too. Check out this link for more info. http://geography.about.com/od/urbaneconomicgeography/a/gentrification.htm
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