No doubt that by now you’ve seen the The New York Times piece on Bed-Stuy in Sunday’s Metro Section. In my opinion the reporter, Manny Fernandez, accurately captures what is going on in this area. He talks about gentrification the way it really happens: two steps forward, one step backward, tension between old and new.
When he interviewed me I told him that I hoped that I wouldn’t come off as Pollyannaish in the article, and thankfully I don’t think I do. I will continue to be cautiously optimistic about change in this area, though. That photo of me really captures it–I spend a lot of time reflecting on the this neighborhood. I also spend a lot of time reflecting on class differences within the African-American community, a topic that only became salient to me when I moved to Bed-Stuy, but perhaps that is another discussion for another time.
Both Antbed.com and Bed-Stuy Banana are encouraging comments about this piece on their blogs (the links are below). I thought I would do the same. How do you feel about the story as told by the Times? Do you think it is a fair assessment of the northern section of the neighborhood?
Not At All Obvious [Antbed.com]
Breaking News: Bed-Stuy According to the NY Times [Bed-Stuy Banana]