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With a keen focus on Franklin Avenue – the neighborhoods’ “contested border” – two area residents have interviewed newcomers, long timers, random people, and even some favorite local business owners to find out their opinions on the gentrifying neighborhood and the role they play in it.
The uncomfortable questions have been asked like “if the neighborhood turns 60% white, would you be okay with that?” and “who is more entitled to have their values reflected in the neighborhood – a long-time renter or a new property owner?” The answers have been surprising and candid.
This has now culminated in a film entitled “Gentrifying Brooklyn.”
Gentrifying Brooklyn is a poignant and personal look at a community in the midst of gentrification.
When a neighborhood is renamed to attract more affluent buyers, what is the community response? In Crown Heights Brooklyn, while many long time residents take pride in their neighborhood’s identity, others are unabashedly repackaging its name, borders, and identity to attract more affluent residents.
Who’s entitled to the neighborhood? A film by Abeni Garrett and Laurel Brown.
A rough cut of an excerpt of the film will be screening at Five Myles on Saturday, June 19th at 7:00 p.m. The filmmakers will then open up the floor for their opinions about the film and the topic more generally. The full program is Gentrifying Brooklyn – Program.
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