You are cordially invited to the THIRD annual shopping crawl in the City of Newburgh! Spend the day strolling between shops and restaurants all while enjoying the unique experience the city has to offer. Purchase one-of-a-kind gifts while enjoying sales, specials, and a chance to win various raffle prizes! Due to Covid-19 the event took […]
April 30th 2020, This IS Newburgh from Ruedi Hofmann on Vimeo. Sadly, Ruedi Hofmann, Ann Stratton, and their family is leaving Newburgh. They have done some amazing projects while they were here, one of my favorites being Pivotal Newburgh. Their neighbors are going to miss them too. On April 30th they got a text from […]
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Look, over there, the Gentrification Bogeyman! The “rents and housing prices (that) increased dramatically between 2000 and 2015” did so along with healthcare, education, public transportation, etc. costs. It is a trend shared by all demographics across the whole U.S.. Gentrification isn’t driving that inflation, in fact, it’s being driven by it. Yet the ‘G’ crowd is the one held in contempt? As well, Newburgh advocated for and legislated to have its neighborhoods safer, cleaner…desirable. So when its efforts toward revitalization begin paying dividends, some ethnic ‘Burghers want to control who moves in because of those things? Nonsense. Nor should the “wealthier, newer people” be confronted by a guilt trip narrated by community based .orgs placating the critical longtime residents. We’re all being gentrified…
I hear what you’re saying Walt. But are you implying that gentrification is necessary for progress.
I’m implying that the ‘G’ word is a red herring too often used after the fact. ‘After the fact’ referring to the economic, social, etc. systems that are the constructs of a, say, inefficient use of resources and capital. The site I linked to displays it visually. Hmmm, do you think there’s a connection between those historical charts and what’s documented in the ‘Photos of the 70’s & 80’s’ ? Any way, the narrative is to assume that ‘newer, wealthier’ people arriving into Newburgh is de facto gentrification. However true, it is the taxing system that predisposes the community to ‘it’. So, unless gentrification is some nefarious scheme, Newburgh has the legislative tools to lessen the impact of any “influx” of wealth. There in lies your progress.
Don’t count it. While both sides babble toward achieving a ‘center’ ground, the ‘G’ word will serve to polarize and distract. Wash, rinse, repeat.