I clicked on a link posted at Say Uncle, and a few clicks later I found this article on gentrification. In a crazy nutshell, it likens gentrification to colonialism and says that it’s wrong and you’re a a racist.
It’s good to know that the ghost of George Wallace is still active in the left in America. The author’s (who should probably be named Bull Dyke Conner) ENTIRE argument against the left’s most hated nemesis, gentrification, is “segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever.”
The old hate was “Black people shouldn’t be allowed to move into neighborhoods that white people live in, because the black people will ruin them.” That is racist. The new, anti-gentrification movement is “White people shouldn’t be allowed to move into neighborhoods that black people/POCs live in, because the white people will ruin them.” That’s progressive.
See, when even Slate comes out and says gentrification really isn’t bad for the poor, you know you don’t have an economic leg to stand on. The reality is that gentrification doesn’t drive the poor/POCs out of neighborhoods. In fact, it’s good for the poor.
It’s really a simple concept to understand. When new people, people with money, move into a neighborhood, they bring their money with them. They start businesses or cause business to move into the neighborhood. Sure, there are the hipster coffee bars and micro-brews. But also grocery stores, pharmacies, and other business that provide the basic necessities of life. As an area gets gentrified, employment goes up (someone needs to stock shelves) and crime goes down. The result of all of this is … most poor people stay in gentrifying neighborhoods to take advantage of the improvement in their communities.
Sure, leftists like to point to cities like San Francisco and the problems they have with gentrification. But here’s the kicker. Those problems are THE DIRECT RESULT of left wing, anti-gentrification, drawbridge mentality. San Francisco doesn’t build new homes, so the smallest lofts go for huge bucks. The liberal San Francisco solution to housing the working class and POCs is to stick them on the other side of the bay in Oakland, then wring their hands and attack Google buses
for bringing billions of dollars in revenue to the city social justice.
If you were to shove all the poor blacks into the ghetto and say “that to keep them away from our nice homes and stuff.” You’d be destroyed as a racist (and rightfully so). But if you were to say “we should respect the authenticity of that working class, minority neighborhood and not go in and develop it.” You’d be praised for your awareness of social justice and might even be on the San Francisco zoning board. You’d also be a racists, but I repeat myself.