Friday, February 28, 2014

LIVINGINTHECITY



http://www.complex.com/city-guide/2014/02/spike-lee-brooklyn-gentrification



This article has been making the rounds on the internet. By now most of you have probably already read it. But what hasn't been said that's been said twenty times over about gentrification? The author hits the nail on the head when he says this sentiment also resonates with non New Yorkers as this problem is happening to big cities all over the U.S. It is hilarious that neighborhoods are continuously rezoned and renamed as an attempt to "rebrand" them.. SpaHa. What the fuck?lol. 



And then there are articles like this
http://mashable.com/2014/02/26/google-glass-assault/
about the woman who was allegedly "attacked" at Molotov's, a notoriously seedy dive bar on Haight Street in San Francisco, for wearing her google glass. I mean, she got her glasses ripped off and her purse jacked from what seems to be her just acting like an idiot in the bar. This article is hilarious. Girls were flipping her off at the bar and she had "Dirty bar rags" thrown at her. So you're telling me even though this was happening she still decided to stay and antagonize the situation? It's called common sense, which is what a lot of people who have an etiquette deficit fail to recognize.

The media is funny in that most of the headlines say "Woman Robbed, Assault for wearing Google Glass" as if it's like a targeted Minority Report esque Hate Crime. What about "Woman Robbed, Did Not Have Her Shit Together"?

First and foremost, gentrification to me is not about putting an out of touch, six figure earning, emotionally soft white person as it's evil mascot. To me, gentrification is about the people that move in to a city and have zero things to offer the community. Despite the community changing and adjusting around the needs of those that come in, what are those who come in bringing in exactly? Wealth and income amongst themselves? A few dollars towards ordering delivery a few nights a week, shopping at multi-national name brand stores downtown, and supporting their local artisanal donut and coffee shop? It's no wonder that there is so much tension between not just locals and newcomers but those who understand how to live in a city, which basically means knowing how to respect those around you, and those who choose to live in a city, complain about it, and treat it like an unfortunate social experiment where their spending power is somehow supposed to represent their decency and class as a human being?

If we lived in an ideal world, money wouldn't buy you everything. Being a positive, kind human being would earn you millions of karma points and earn you suitcases of money to take care of your family or even start one. Unfortunately, we currently exist in a terrible job market and economy, where those who have flocked to making apps, joining tech start ups, whatever,  have been rewarded with keys to virtually every city in the United States. That's not to say that a lot of people who are doing well haven't earned it on their own, or that all tech workers lack respect and decency for culture and people, but where's the balance of experience and insight between those who have made something from nothing and those who parade into a city by the bus load to claim their piece of their entitled pie?

Basically if you're over 25 and not on your way to making six figures in this lifetime, and live in a city, it's pretty easy to feel like a total.fucking.loser. Except that, not making six figures should never be a benchmark of whether you should feel like an actual loser. You should just feel like a fucking loser if you have nothing to offer besides trying to make a tech crusade out of people throwing dirty rags at you at a dive bar, which escalated into a non violent pedestrian theft. Basic ass bitches with basic ass problems. RIP wallet and keys nobody cared about.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

http://oaklandlocal.com/2014/01/20-ways-to-not-be-a-gentrifier-in-oakland-community-voices/

CURBS ONLY said...

Thanks for the link. Good read