The G-Word: The Gentrification of Harlem
Recently, there’s been a lot of controversy in Harlem because real estate developers are trying to rebrand parts of the community as NoHa and SoHa. When I got word of this, I knew that I couldn’t continue to write my light and fluffy blog post about Things to do this Summer and Throwback Thursday without addressing the elephant in this blogger room. I can’t be Toya From Harlem and not talk about what’s going on in my community. The G word. Gentrification. This word is thrown around a lot and people often mistake it for neighborhood revitalization/rejuvenation. So I made a video about the gentrification of Harlem. Click more so you can see my video, where I explain how gentrification inspired me to start my blog and I tell you the phases/signs of Gentrification (hint: Starbucks, Starbucks, Starbucks!)
Press play to learn:
- How the gentrification of Harlem and the erasure of Black history in Harlem inspired me to start blogging
- The 5 phases of gentrification
- The difference between gentrification and community rejuvenation/revitalization (because people get that shhhh twisted)
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Definition of Gentrification
– (noun)the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents (Webster).
Toya’s favorite resources on Gentrification:
- TEDtalk- We Don’t Understand About Gentrification with Stacey Sutton
- SNL skit on Gentrification of Bushwick, Brooklyn