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Spike Lee Goes MENTAL About Brooklyn’s Gentrification

by | 28th, February 2014

Hungry customers get coffee, sandwiches, and cake on the house at Fort Greene, retail market in Brooklyn, N.Y., January 27, 1949. Katherine O'Toole, three, receives a sandwich from Rena Kleiman as her mother does her shopping. Other buyers get theirs under the free for all sign. (AP Photo) Date: 27/01/1949


EVERY city in the world follows the same pattern. Deprived area is cheap. All the artists move there and it gets hip. Hipsters follow the artists and the rents go up. The rents go up alongside the appearance of coffee houses and falafel bars. Formerly deprived area now no longer considered scummy, gets filled with wealthy web-designers and their awful children and no-one who originally lived in the area can afford the rent and has to move. They move to another scummy area and the cycle continues.

We all know this. This is always the way. However, Spike Lee doesn’t like it one bit.

He grew up in Fort Greene in Brooklyn, but he doesn’t recognise it anymore. It was all fields when he was a lad.

He doesn’t like the newcomers now dossing around in his old stomping ground. So much so that he got a bit sweary when talking about it all at an African-American History Month lecture.

He said: “I grew up here in New York. It’s changed. And why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the South Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Crown Heights for the facilities to get better? The garbage wasn’t picked up every motherfucking day when I was living in 165 Washington Park. The police weren’t around. When you see white mothers pushing their babies in strollers, three o’clock in the morning on 125th Street, that must tell you something.”

Spike then told

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