Do you agree with this statement?

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This photo was taken on a sidewalk in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn New York. The comment expresses a popular opinion about the steady change in the demographic. As hipsters and college kids move in, rent prices rise and the neighborhood takes on the feel of a modern museum. As someone who has been in the third world for the past year, I find the contrast in lifestyle and what people view as important fascinating. What are your thoughts?

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williamchasterson

My name is William Chasterson. I’m a writer and a student of history. I was raised in the Midwest of the United States in a very conservative town of about 15,000 people. In my twenties I moved to New York which is where I’ve been for the past 15 years. After the first few years of culture shock I was finally able to settle into my environment and actually consider myself a New Yorker. For the past year however I’ve been living in the third world. I’m not going to mention the name of the country I moved to both for my own safety and because this is not a political blog. The purpose of this blog is to analyze the human psyche and to develop a theory I’ve been slowly formulating my entire life which is that we are all the same. No matter our race, gender, language, or economic status we are all of us equals. While this idea sounds cliche most people’s actions indicate that they don’t really believe it.

15 thoughts on “Do you agree with this statement?”

  1. Love the pics. I agree. I have lived in Brooklyn all my life. I’ve lived in Bed-Stuy since 94. For the past 3 years, prices have sky rocketed, shops popping up, coffee shops that sell coffee for the price of 9 bagels, etc… There is a good and bad to this. Being a writer, I love the artistic swing that has been slamming Brooklyn….However, everything else, not so much.

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  2. Hi, great pics. I just wrote about this. I was expressing what a bittersweet feeling this is for those of us that grew up in these neighborhoods because it’s the kind of lifestyle/changes we longed for our community years ago. However, this is not catered to us. We (our parents now) are being forced out due to the gentrification movement.

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  3. Thank you. Being raised in the Midwest at first I felt this is not my issue. But I’m now realizing that a lot of these people are college kids that came from the Midwest or other parts of the country who are escaping reality and creating a world of their own.

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  4. Nice pics. I think I have to agree–it is a form of colonialism. Then again, it’s kind of unavoidable. The middle class folks who colonize Brooklyn are there because they can’t afford to live in Manhattan.

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