“[t]he center’s funding was cut this year strictly because it is located in Park Slope. The city doesn’t recognize the neighborhood as an at-risk area. Despite increased gentrification in Park Slope, Ideraabdullah said the students who benefit from her program represent Brooklyn’s neediest zip codes.”
“[t]hese industrial buildings are obsolete…[n]obody wants to load elevators anymore.” Yet, “Phaedra Thomas and Rachel Dubin of the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation [SBIDC], which helps manufacturers seek tax abatements, argue that [the] Gowanus industry is still vibrant. The group’s survey last April counted 500 industrial firms, a 25 percent rise since 1997, and 3,000 employees. They found that only 3 percent of industrial spaces were vacant.”
Thus, while developers are trying to push industry out of the area, industry that provides much needed jobs for working people, the SBIDC is fighting to keep industry vibrant.
How space is used and who gets to use it becomes critically important in examining the effects of a gentrifying city. In the trailer for My Brooklyn, a documentary that focuses on gentrification in Brooklyn communities as developers have seemingly free reign to reshape neighborhoods, we witness the vast differences in opinion regarding these changes.
“you can feel free to dress how you want to dress speak how you want to speak, not feel like you don’t belong a certain place because of the way you dress.”
“I think its a really weird space, and I don’t know how to interact with it and i think they should just make it go away.”