Urban planning puns are what all the cool kids are droppin’, amirite?
Ta-Nehisi Coates offers an excellent response to a discussion about how maybe rising property values (the central feature of gentrification) really aren’t THAT bad for residents after all. His usual insight is nicely buttressed by a commenter, whose experience in gentrifying Baltimore sheds light on the different motivations of the working-class versus the professional class as they move in and out of the city – it’s rare that Internet comments are better than the post which prompts them, but this one summarizes and encapsulates the urban class divide succinctly and well.
Speaking of urban class divides, how about pedestrianism as a crime? A vehicular crime, no less? I’ve written previously about efforts to criminalize poverty, which are not only persistent but growing. In a landscape that offers no legitimacy to those without cars or homes, it seems there is no way to escape being made guilty for lacking in wealth.
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