Tag Archives: Gentrification

125th St – Demolition Depot (3rd to 1st Aves)

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This final chapter of the Tale of 125th Street is titled “Demolition Depot,” after an actual establishment on the street, if only because everything between 3rd and 2nd Avenues at least looks slated for the wrecking ball.  Nothing may come … Continue reading

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125th St – Main Street Parade (Frederick Douglass Blvd to Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd)

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As the iconic Apollo Theater comes into view, Harlem springs into life, in a Disneyland-ish sort of way.  This used to be theater land, after all; Harlem’s equivalent of Broadway.  The Apollo Theater is still a functioning venue, and still … Continue reading

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125th St – Greener Pastures (Broadway to 8th Ave)

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Past Amsterdam Avenue, 125th Street reverts to a village, reminding one of the the days of Nieuw Haarlem, the farming village established by Dutch colonisers in 1658, and occupied by the British very shortly in 1664. Spiritually, this section of … Continue reading

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125th St – Almost Yuppie (West Harlem Piers to Broadway)

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At the edge of Harlem lies a peaceful little park where one goes to contemplate New Jersey and the Hudson River. Except no one really goes there, unless one is homeless, in which case one goes to find a bench … Continue reading

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Manhattan in 12 Sts: 125th St – Generic: Harlem

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“[t]he City… a universe of rented spaces haunted by a nowhere or by dreamed-of places.” – Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life “It’s such a / Bore / Being always / Poor.” – Langston Hughes, Ennui Harlem. The … Continue reading

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New Urban Precincts III – Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York

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Ok, clearly I’m taking a little creative liberty with the description “New.”   Williamsburg is hardly a “New Urban Precinct.”  It’s been gentrifying for some time now. In fact, it is often used as a textbook case of gentrification in … Continue reading

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New Urban Precincts II – Moganshan Art District, Shanghai (上海莫干山艺术区)

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I was in Shanghai visiting my brother and sister-in-law last Summer and I stayed with them in a delightful (but very badly restored) traditional courtyard property.  Each time I go to Shanghai, I am amazed and disillusioned in equal part … Continue reading

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