I didn’t know what the word Gentrification meant until a number of years ago. Prior to that, it was just normal sounding. New businesses move into run-down city area. Highly promoted as the solution to crime, brings in jobs. Suburbanites like me thought, “Oh good, I take the train through that area and it’ll be all fixed up now.” And it would be. “But why were all those people protesting? Don’t they see the value of nicer things? I guess they don’t like nice things.” Era of “broken window theory”. I was blind to it. But when I could “see it”? it was one of those moments where what you thought you knew gets a DRASTIC upgrade, changing like dominoes falling into your past. I like when that happens to me. This was a big one and I still sometimes catch myself blind to it, returning to old thought patterns.

I didn’t know what the word Gentrification meant until a number of years ago. Prior to that, it was just normal sounding.

New businesses move into run-down city area. Highly promoted as the solution to crime, brings in jobs. Suburbanites like me thought, “Oh good, I take the train through that area and it’ll be all fixed up now.”

And it would be. “But why were all those people protesting? Don’t they see the value of nicer things? I guess they don’t like nice things.”

Era of “broken window theory”.

I was blind to it. But when I could “see it”? it was one of those moments where what you thought you knew gets a DRASTIC upgrade, changing like dominoes falling into your past.

I like when that happens to me. This was a big one and I still sometimes catch myself blind to it, returning to old thought patterns.

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