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  •  Great writing. Very sad (and very (4+ / 0-)
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    JBL55, mrkvica, foresterbob, PapaChach

    commonly occurring with gentrification mania in every great city I've been seeing lately). The razing/building/"renovation" craze going on around DC-area is mind-boggling, all happening during the Great Recession. Many local church- and community-based orgs serving the growing ranks of those whom government is seeing itself as unable (unwilling) to serve, are under siege. Your topic also appeared in this fine diary, which you might have missed. Many of the new "luggshureee condominium homes" are attracting overpriced, trendy restaurants and night clubs, as well as genuine cultural/arts venues in neighborhoods where five to ten years ago one percenters and wannabe one percenters wouldn't be caught dead, where you could get a three-piece fried fish dinner for about five bucks at a place that had been in business for 20 years. Of course, if you do want to see a play or attend a poetry reading, you might just end up in these neighborhoods marveling at the reconstruction projects, overpaying for a meal and ticket to get in. If you're like me you wonder where the displaced folks end up. Turns out, far enough away from the center city that was once so undesirable that their plight need not be seen by those of us with just enough disposable income to pay for an evening (once every couple of months) visiting the neighborhood in which we can no longer afford to live.

    I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

    by dannyboy1 on Wed May 22, 2013 at 05:16:05 AM PDT

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