Ask a Cabbie: Let’s Talk About Gentrification 

Guillermo


Hailed in: Fort Greene
Hails from: Columbia
It isn’t something I think much about. A lot of people complain about all the chains in New York, and I can see that. It isn’t as unique when it’s a bunch of McDonald’s and Starbucks, stuff you can get anywhere. But I bet the people who complain go to those kinds of places. If you don’t like them, don’t go. Support what you do like and those places will stick around.


Kadeem


Hailed in: Midtown
Hails from: Bronx
You mean, you kinds of people [i.e. white people] moving to my neighborhood? I don’t mind that. My place is in a neighborhood girls don’t go out alone in after dark. I didn’t let my kids out late at night. But more white people have been moving there and you’re starting to see new businesses come in and prices go up. Since I’m rent stabilized, I don’t mind that all that much. Things feel better, and my kids can go off on their own. People complain about losing the soul of their neighborhood, having businesses close, whatever. I don’t want to see good businesses go out of business, but I don’t think we’re losing the soul. If we are, the soul was shitty and it’s time for a new one.


Agneeth


Hailed in: Park Slope
Hails from: Saudi Arabia
It isn’t something you can complain about. There’s nothing you can do about it. The problem with this city is that it is too expensive. Young people want to live in New York, so they move here and go to the only neighborhoods they can afford. That’s maybe not good for the people who are already there, but you can’t stop young people. I wish all apartment buildings were skyscrapers so there were more places to live and everything was cheaper, but that’s not the case. Besides, things always change. Ten years ago every neighborhood looked different, and 10 years from now, no neighborhood will look like it does now.


Bernal


Hailed in: Gramercy Park
Hails from: Brooklyn
The thing I worry about with gentrification is things getting more expensive. Right now I’m pretty lucky in where I live, since it isn’t so expensive. I don’t think people have found my neighborhood yet. No, I’m not telling you where it is. I don’t care really about businesses changing or who lives in my area, but I’ve had to move a few times because the rent jumps up too much, and I don’t want that to happen again.



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