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News: Gentrification

Brooklyn Tenants Battle Gentrification on Many Fronts

You can debate whether gentrification is good or bad for neighborhoods. But it's clear that many low-income tenants aren't simply sitting and waiting to be pushed out of their homes.

Mixed Views of Gentrification's Threat in East New York

The area's improvement—thanks to community action and city policy—is undeniable. What's debated is whether the same displacement seen in Bed-Stuy and Bushwick is headed that way.

East New York Elderly Fight Displacement

A new senior housing development in the neighborhood aims not just to address a citywide senior housing shortage, but also to create a foothold for the aged amid new real-estate investment.

How the M-train is Gentrifying Bushwick

A shift in transit routes has triggered a wave of social change south of Myrtle Avenue, spurring a familiar mix of optimism and fear among residents.

Politically Active Bronx Artists Protest Their Own Eviction

The dispute between a South Bronx landlord and a radical arts collective has become a rallying cry for supporters of the group, which combines youth development with political activism.

BrooklynEdges: A Mosaic Grows as Boerum Hill Changes

For 10 years, as the neighborhood around her Wyckoff Street address has changed, Susan Gardner has been covering her house in color.

Cuts Cripple Housing Assistance Network in Inwood, Washington Heights

Residents looking for help with housing disputes must line up as early as 3 a.m to get assistance from cash-strapped community organizations in particularly vulnerable northern Manhattan neighborhoods.

Shopping For Change In Crown Heights

Like many Brooklyn neighborhoods, it is seeing a surge in new businesses and young residents. Do the doubts about gentrification run deeper there?

Quitting Time: A Factory's Fall, A Neighborhood's Fallout

The 2007 closure of a Pfizer factory in Brooklyn was a milestone in manufacturing's retreat from the borough. Chapter three of "Brooklyn: The Borough Behind The Brand" looks at what it's meant for a neighborhood and its residents.

Whose Dreams Will Decide?

The push for neighborhoods to have more than a voice.

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The Life And Death Of The Mom-n-Pop

Small businesses help make New York's neighborhoods. But as the next issue of City Limits reports, economic trends and policy decisions are threatening their survival.

Nonprofit Eyeing Distressed Buildings Faces Tenant Resistance

Hope Community LDC wants to purchase 47 East Harlem buildings out of foreclosure. But a tenant organization has raised questions about the would-be buyer's past record.

Saga Of The Worthless Condo

A developer broke the rules, the city belatedly cracked down and dozens of Brooklyn families own property with no legal right to exist.

HPD: Prevent Cycle Of Foreclosure & Displacement

The city steps in, hoping to rescue 10 Bronx buildings laid low by overambitious investors, potentially establishing a model for rescuing others.

1,500 Protest Plans To Eliminate 16 NYC Public Day Care Centers

If enacted, the cuts would slash about 2,000 of New York's public day care slots. The city claims less families are using the service.

The Search for the Smoking Gun

The reasons for the race gap

A Quiet Alarm Sounds

A multimedia art exhibit in Fort Greene examines the neighborhood-changing going on all around it.

Saving Public Housing
By Building Anew

New York's public housing has suffered years of federal divestment, putting its future viability in doubt. When a team of urban designers explored the Lower East Side projects' open spaces, they found potential for NYCHA to not merely survive, but thrive.

City Limits Investigates:
Bushwick Under Bloomberg

Located in the very heart of New York City, this Brooklyn neighborhood encapsulates many of the ways life has changed in the Bloomberg era.

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Gentrification and urban gentrification refer to the changes that result when wealthier people acquire or rent property in low income and working class communities. Urban gentrification is associated with migration within a population. In the past decade, the issue of gentrification has become increasingly charged, with opponents maintaining that it can result in housing discrimination and harassment while proponents argue that it helps to rehabilitate neighborhoods.

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Embrace the Worldwide Movement Against Gentrification

By Andrew J. Padilla

Embrace the Worldwide Movement Against Gentrification

Hunger strikes in Vancouver. Protests in Berlin. Anxiety in El Barrio. Around the globe, there's a shared, growing worry about economic forces driving working-class people out of urban centers.

Supporting Businesses, Strengthening Neighborhoods

By Robert Walsh

Supporting Businesses, Strengthening Neighborhoods

The city's commissioner of small business services says New York's efforts to bolster Business Improvement Districts will help to preserve the mom-and-pop character of neighborhood retail.

Opinion: Small Businesses Suffer Under A Businessman Mayor

By Richard Lipsky

As City Limits reports on the plight of small businesses in the five boroughs, a lobbyist for small firms blames the struggle mostly on Mayor Bloomberg.



Extreme Weather Events Cost Counties $1 Billion

67 percent of U.S. households were in counties hit by extreme weather events that cost over $1 billion in 2011-2012

NYC Coastal Storm Hazard Analysis

According to the New York City Office of Emergency Management, some 2.3 million people live within areas of the city that would be at dire risk in a category 3 or 4 Hurricane storm.