Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
It’s Labor Day weekend in the United States, and I’ll be taking it off, returning next week. In the meantime, I’ll leave this open thread for your discussions on what successful low income and working class neighborhoods would look like in our cities.
This was a topic that came up during conversation over Asian food with Brendan Crain, the founder of the wonderful and sadly no longer published Where blog. Everyone has a idea of a what a successfully revitalized but gentrified neighborhood looks like: Starbucks, high end salons, shoppes, swank restaurants and bars, new condos, etc. But for more struggling lower income areas of our cities, what would successfully revitalized neighborhoods that didn’t end up displacing the current residents look like?
You hear people talk a lot about the surprising economic life in Mumbai’s slums and other places around the world. But I’m more thinking of mature cities in advanced countries.
Have a great weekend, everybody.
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