Artists, in their infinite narcissism, like to believe that they can "cause" gentrification, but it doesn't actually work like that. They may play a role in it, they may sometimes be a step in the process, but they don't and can't create it. It doesn't matter how many artists flock to Detroit, for example -- you won't get real gentrification unless jobs move back there. Sunset Park, meanwhile, is just the next obvious neighborhood in a larger process that has been going on for a few decades now in Brooklyn. The planners and real estate developers of the city, the economy fueled by the finance and "creative" industries, and the perpetual housing shortage have a lot more of an impact than "artists."
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