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Posted on 2017.06.28 at 21:11


meowmensteen at 2017-06-30 01:22 (UTC) (Lien)
I was in Seattle's Chinatown today. The big news coming out of there lately is that the hipsters are pricing out the old Chinese residents.

I'm going to guess that there's a retaining wall for a highway in the background with a skyscraper far off behind that.
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madman101 at 2017-07-03 18:13 (UTC) (Lien)
Yet more coincidence!

I was watching, "The West," (that same day?), and it said something about a Chinatown which was begun in some Pacific coastal city by Japanese people, but it was called Chinatown. Various things led to the Japanese eventually leaving, and now it no longer exists - probably was gentrified, idk. Memory failed on this one...

However, I was also thinking about gentrification recently, in regard to poor black neighbourhoods. Although I have opposed it in the past, it made me have a little more natural view on it. It was the influx of Southern blacks into urban cities which largely scared many whites into fleeing into the suburbs. Property values went down, services declined, more whites left - it was a loop. AND, there were economic forces and policies which were directly holding back the blacks, while encouraging the white flight.

Assigning no blame here, but now the richer whites return, to drive the property values back up, even more-so. And now, the blacks are forced to flee, if they can. It isn't ironic, or moral - it's just capitalism's engine continuing to grind. The increasing division of the rich and poor continues, in new forms, and that includes the systematic perpetuation of racism, or social Darwinism.

The real problem is this: What are so many people doing squeezing into one little city in the first place? It is an unnatural development which necessarilly leads to perversions of competition and values. But, if the rural areas are under the control of just a few "lords" or corporations or groups, then the same perversions occur, only more diluted. The same competition to be top-dog occurs throughout the countryside, and concentrates in the cities to become more fanatical - as does the concentration of capital and associated delusion and bubbles, for which the poor pay, urban or rural.

Sorry for the delay in commenting. I really have a seriously debilitating illness. The comment above is an example of what happens to my brain as I come out of a bad CFS relapse - I am desperate to think again!

katiecregon at 2017-07-04 18:40 (UTC) (Lien)
The Filmore District of San Francisco: It was a Japanese neighborhood. Then WW2 came along and the Japanese were forcibly removed to internment camps. African Americans moved in, drawn to the City by wartime employment opportunities. They settled in and built a thriving community/cultural scene. Then came the sixties and Urban Renewal. See Justin Herman
To quote the gospel according to Rosanne Roseannadanna, "It's always something..."
meowmensteen at 2017-07-04 18:58 (UTC) (Lien)
I think it's better to respond when you're brain is ready to respond, even if that isn't til next year. Heck, I've been offline for quite a few days myself.
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