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The 25 most gentrified zip codes.

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  1. Posted June 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    I think it’s interesting that the “25 most gentrified” zip codes were measured by the change in the percentage of white people living there, and not other variables such as Fair Market Rent or the cost of living overall. Although I know that racial privilege and class privilege frequently overlap, I take issue with conflating the two.

  2. Posted June 14, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    *Sigh* there are some serious issues with the methodology of the analysis of the gentrification of ZIP codes… not that there isn’t an issue with gentrification or that this couldn’t be a quick useful sketch to point researchers in the right direction but don’t read too much into that one analysis.

    The most gentrified ZIP is made of PO boxes and some of the other top ZIPs had residential populations in the 100s, so add a new building of lofts and voila, you make a big impact on the population and its racial makeup. That is before you get to the questions about whether using change in the share of white population as an indicator of gentrification is valid since gentrification is really a class issue (obviously linked but not synonymous) and about whether ZIPs are the right unit of analysis for measuring “neighborhood gentrification” as was the original billing.

  3. Posted June 14, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Regarding the ZIP codes, I’m shocked 78209 in San Antonio isn’t on the list.

  4. Posted June 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    As a mixed race resident of one of those zip codes, I’m both baffled and increasingly irritated by the media’s insistence that this neighborhood is whatever’s inflammatory at the moment. A few weeks back when there was objection to the portrayal of the murder of a local (Latina) transwoman in the New York Times, the neighborhood was described as still be being rough and dangerous in that article. Now all of the sudden it’s on some gentrification list, in the interest of THAT being inflammatory. Yes there are oblivious white kids here, they seem more concentrated on certain streets than others though. I know there’s disgusting gentrification, I’m not going to pretend that reality doesn’t exist. But I still see much of the local community still here, particularly in east or southwest regions of the neighborhood. I feel people with agendas cut and paste the image they want to present. This past weekend Puerto Rican Pride led to celebrations and block parties throughout the neighborhood, but where is that? The weekend before that, we opened our residential-work loft (for which we have fought a long and arduous battle against gentrification) for the community driven(as in not sponsored by the city or a corporation) Bushwick Open Studios. The visitors who came through were of all different ages and racial backgrounds. Some seemed local, and some seemed like they had come specifically for the weekend. But when a local art site published photos from the weekend, though the work shown was nice, all but two of the photos seemed to only show clean-cut white kids, most of whom looked under 25, in attendance. Did those people come through our studio? Sure. But what about all the other people who did?

    I invite anyone to look through the journals I have drawn, which are in the process of chronicling our building and the tumultuous relationship between the city, the class divide (btw, not all whites residing in this neighborhood are automatically affluent, or part of gentrification). I can’t promise you the experiences of but one person with Bushwick, but hey, my husband & I have both been gentrified out of a lot more places than this!

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