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  •  I lived briefly in Philly (6+ / 0-)

    in the early 1980s, and Rittenhouse Square has always been a bastion of the rich. Never saw so many fur coats in one place -- and in Philly, you don't even need fur...it just doesn't get all that cold.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 09:51:40 AM PDT

    •  You should see it now! I've been here for (10+ / 0-)

      6 years and in the interim they've put in about 6 or 7 new condo buildings--some with one "unit" per floor.  The gentrification has spread south from the park all the way down to Washington Avenue, with boho types moving into Point Breeze and Grey's Ferry.  And guess what happens to housing prices?

      What's sad is that many African-American churches are in the area, but few blacks actually live close-by anymore.  I park my car in front of the Marian Anderson Community Center in a neighborhood that is almost all white now.

      To be free and just depends on us. Victor Hugo.

      by dizzydean on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 09:55:55 AM PDT

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      •  Well, yes. I do know. (3+ / 0-)
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        I saw the gentrification of Hell's Kitchen on Manhattan's west side (yes, West Side Story west side) up close and personal as it was happening. You can't afford to live there anymore, the way I was able to. My former apartment is probably in the four-figure range for a tiny one-bedroom with a "kitchen" that was really the hallway on the way to the tiny bathroom.

        The most I paid was $800-something a month.

        It probably went to two grand a month b/c of that bedroom, and the location, after I moved out.

        But, oh, when I first moved to that neighborhood, in 1983? It was a tiny bit scary, but not TOO scary, and it had all these wonderful ethnic places, like the local Italian bakery that had been there forever and multiple butcher shops (the best of which remains, at the southeast corner of 9th Ave. and 38th St., a couple of fish markets, at least one spice market, and...I'm not sure what else b/c I haven't been back in a couple of years).

        But many of the shops that made the neighborhood so wonderful for foodies and so, well, delicious just in terms of diversity, have been priced out and either folded or moved elsewhere.

        And the city is the poorer for it.

        Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

        by Youffraita on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 12:38:12 AM PDT

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