Gentrification vs. sustainable neighborhood development in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Credit: Neely McKee

May 2020 will see Memorial Day, three primary elections and graduation at Columbia University. Newly graduated Columbia students will flock out of their dorm rooms and into the greater New York City area with their freshly printed diplomas and Pantone-292 gowns. But they will take something much more significant with them into their Brooklyn apartments: gentrification.

As students move into areas that have been historically low-income and predominantly home to people of color, former residents—many of whom have lived in these areas for decades—will be displaced due to the rising costs of living in their neighborhoods. While many frequently lament the effects of gentrification upon neighborhoods like Bushwick, Greenpoint, or Williamsburg, lesser-known neighborhoods are next in line to be devastated by an influx of residents…

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