The Privileged Voice

My first impression of a story entitled "Why Can't The Bronx Be Like Brooklyn?" is that it's always worth thinking about people in the Bronx who don't want it to be Brooklyn, and even people in Brooklyn who don't like what they think Brooklyn is becoming.


Beyond that, I think this is a problem of form. In journalism, if your neighborhood isn't being populated with cool shops and young single people it's a ghetto suffering from decades of societal neglect. If it actually is being populated by all the pretty people it's an enclave which we worry is losing it's sense of identity

In any case, if you don't have a lot of money your neighborhood, your living space, and thus your life, is a problem. This is the only way The Privileged Voice sees it -- as a random group of someones who need to be fixed. Even if we don't know how.

It's worth checking out the story. The question of how different areas of city develop or don't is an interesting one. I just don't like the assumption that everyone wants areas to develop the same way. A lot of us just want things like safety and decent schools to not be considered luxury goods.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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