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Diversity Is Still a Real Thing Here
Rents are ridiculous. And buying property in Brooklyn is unfathomable for all too many people. This has definitely led to many residents reassessing whether or not they can afford to stay here. This has even led to some people leaving to create their own private "hipsturbia" miles away from New York City. But what they find when they get there is, as the Times put it, a "relative lack of racial diversity [that] is striking to newcomers." Well, guess what? There is still a ton of racial, cultural, social, and economic diversity here in Brooklyn. And not to sound too Pollyanna about the whole thing (although I liked the movie "Pollyanna" as a kid and totally coveted Hayley Mills's button-up, turn-of-the-century shoes) but this is a thing we can all feel not too bad about. Yes, there are huge disparities in this city, but there are also a lot of people working to right certain wrongs and a lot of instances of people coming together and doing community-building instead of just running away to make vegan soap in a commuter town half an hour away on the Metro North. This is a good thing and a reason why New York is really not so bad after all.