How Are Caribbean Nationals Impacted by Gentrified Crown Heights?
Familiar businesses — bulletproof bodegas, fried chicken joints, video stores — are being replaced by expensive eateries, cocktail bars and national chains. Property values are rising, with 19th century townhouses now commanding prices in the millions.
New York served as a central port of entry for Caribbean immigrants, with steamships carrying both tourists and imports between New York and the West Indies.
He goes on to argue that newcomers have to live somewhere so the demand constantly increases and they will take the homes of lower income residents if developers don’t build new buildings and increase the supply accordingly. Cravatts goes on to say that a concentration of poor communities, “serves as a permanent barrier to neighborhood growth.” This means, that if poor communities are only surrounded by poor communities than there will not be any room for growth. To build a community there must be a positive inflow of money that comes from its residents (Cravatts).
The cuisine is a part of the neighborhood — its origins may be traced to the islands, but its presence is woven into the fabric of Brooklyn.
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