If you care about the gold rush sweeping Brooklyn and you haven’t been listening to WNYC’s There Goes the Neighborhood podcast…well, you must be living under a rock (or maybe in Tribeca). The eight-episode capsule podcast, hosted by The Nation‘s Kai Wright, is required listening. From studying landlord and developer tactics to understanding people’s complicated relationships with their homes and neighborhoods, it goes beyond the constant stream of tenant harassment cases to really try to make sense of the historical and social context around the recent developments in the changing the city.
If you’ve lived here more than a second, you know the drill: A bodega closes up, a cocktail bar goes in– you roll your eyes, shrug your shoulders. “Gentrification,” you sigh, staring bleakly into your $10 cocktail.
But Rebecca Carroll, a producer at WNYC and co-creator of a new podcast examining that very phenomenon, says that the bougie coffee shop or new chocolate artisan isn’t exactly worth fixating on– they’re only symbols of the last stage of the process. “At that point, when those markers arrive, that ship has kind of sailed,” she said. “I think that’s one of the things that people don’t realize. [Gentrification] is a multi-pronged-beast kind of process, that involves a lot of moving parts.”