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The Great Gentrification

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A ferocious onslaught against the poor, be they African American, Hispanics (recent immigrants or otherwise), low income whites and the whole rainbow gamut of other minorities.  A serious attack is taking place against them due to the white hot frenzied real estate market. 

This is occurring in mostly coastal cities, where home prices are experiencing radical increases.

This is forcing the aforementioned groups in general to flee the large cities, the long forgotten inner city of the great metropolises in particular, where if you were poor and tough you could find refuge and live a hard scrabble life.  These areas are now highly coveted as trendy by middle class youth tired of the safe suburban life that their parents strived to give them.

However while they are leaving the suburbs and attempting to be “gangsta" and live in the city, they have brought the suburbs with them.

These middle to higher income (we will not use the word, “class”) individuals will not tolerate a true urban setting with the sights, sounds and smells of “da life”.

Cities are being converted into one big Ikea in some instances, where the new urban chic can work and play.  All the while poorer longer term residents are being shown the door.

Crane after crane rise like giants and leave shiny new magical looking quasi-skyscrapers in their wake.  If your lucky and you actually owned real estate in the area some of that magic might ‘ve found it’s way into your bank account. If not you may sadly want to google the location of your nearest homeless shelter or pack up your things and move far away.

This Great Gentrification is done under duress, high price and fee hikes, rezoning techniques on the part of lobbyists and developers against the current tenants that are by and large minorities in the lower income zones of Miami aims to dislodge anyone who plans to resist the gentrification.  We found inspiration of what is occurring in Kevin Baker’s article in Harpers Bazar on what is also taking place in Manhattan.

The Great Gentrification of Manhattan began timidly in the early to mid 1990’s gaining strength after the turn of the century.

The one in Downtown Miami began in deadly earnest and at a dizzying pace just shy of 10 years ago, circa 2007.

Then the most conspicuous development was Midtown something unique and self contained. 

Yet now even in far away North Miami Beach, here and North Miami, here will each boast there own version of a “Mid-town”.

The biggest blow personally for me was when they tore down the old Tobacco Road building near Brickell.

I’d had many a brew and listened to various upcoming bands play there in that old style building right by the river.

It was torn down, part of many properties that were razed near and around the new City Center project. 

Unlike NYC, the building in Miami’s urban core focused on empty lots and yards. 

There was no initial rush to tear down and build up like in NYC, yet that soon changed.

The inner city of Miami has experienced a revival and renaissance that has made previously semi apocalyptic landscapes in town into urban paradises that the young, hip, chic and rich (even whole families) are elbowing over each other to get a space off, in areas that used to be shunned by all except the insane, the chemically addled or the extreme poor who were too wretched to be able to live anywhere else.  Some of those were the the inhabitants of what is called Little Haiti.  A new project called Magic City is also

Echoing Kevin Baker’s article in Harpers Bazaar, both Miami and NYC are cleaner, shinier and brighter than before.  Yet, a lot of the local vibrancy is being taken away, in Miami’s Calle Ocho, the Mom’n’Pop cafeterias are being swept away and you can’t get your Cuban Coffee as easily as before.  The Famed Liberia Universal and other local bookstores that had every book and obscure films by latin American Authors are also gone. The rent is too damn high!!!
on it’s way and to those that were used to slow pace of life and low rents the incoming change has nothing magical about it.

The sad part is that much of public land is also being given away to developers who provide no alternative to the low income residents.

Homelessness is rife in NYC, literally armies of poor destitute people.

In Miami’s downtown a Camilla’s House exists but it’s beds are not enough. So many of the poor sleep on the streets.

Platoons of men and women many either drunk, mentally addled (see, crazy) or high (sometimes all three) lay on the street.

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The Great Gentrification

Beside them massive redevelopment taking place and sometimes a maserati or a new aston martin parked too.

For example you’ll see Amy, whose tall statuesque figure and piercing blue eyes bespeak of beauty who has seen better days. Her youth fading, her health dissipating, she hasn’t bathed in days.  Yet she’s too high to care as she scratches away. 

In Miami places like Wynnwood, Alapatah, Liberty City Up north former areas like Jackson Heights or Washington Heights, where only Jehovah Witnesses or Dominican immigrants dared to tread now, like in South Florida, gentrification takes hold and colorful trendy restaurants, apartments and other businesses pop up, mind you with long lines and hefty prices.
 or Bellemeade used to bring to mind prostitutes, pimps and corner dealers. Only the daring or those fiends in need of a fix would meander in those once no go areas, those american banlieus. This though, happens no longer.

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The city of Miami belongs to the young and the dynamic with an international flair. 

Those who do not fit the type need not apply.  The Great Gentrification proceeds at a dizzying pace.

According to Harpers Bazar, Kevin Baker; The average New Yorker now works harder than ever, for less and less. Poverty in the city has lessened somewhat in the past few years, but in 2016 the official poverty rate was still 19.5 percent, or nearly one in every five New Yorkers.

The same is nearly true for your average South Florida resident.  If you don’t have two jobs already your on your way there. This is just to make rent, put food on the table and gas in your transportation and hopefully a little left over to actually enjoy yourself.

Usually the low wages are ascribed to a low level of education. However in South Florida at least you get many a cosmopolitan immigrant who arrive from their home country with a degree and able to speak the language or many languages, but they still make peanuts.

In the African American community and some U.S. born hispanics within the inner city the graduation rates with regards to high school and much less college are staggeringly low, making them victims of the poverty trap.

If the education level is low, the level of crime is still too high.  This criminal activity provides the authorities with a further excuse to move in on “blighted” areas and push in more redevelopment for the rich and wealthy.

Illegal migrants can’t vote (yet), but are extremely active politically and do make their voices heard. They do this to help improve their living situation of course and gain access to healthcare and other benefits as well. In spite of that, out they go. Kicked out of their neighborhoods

African Americans in many cases are renters. So in situations they do not own they are being displaced to the lower income suburbs throughout the county and further north.  They are now socially displaced and refugees in their own country. Out they go too.

In NYC it all happened under the liberal administration of Michael Bloomberg, a democrat who was parading as Republican.

In Miami, the local establishment are definitely Republican and their motto isn’t “less government”, it’s “Show me the money” and the money is coming in.

In NYC the great gentrification is helped along by left-wing open borders Adriano Espaillat, who despite being a congressman does nothing for the citizens who elected him, yet preferring to support a radical agenda of lending support to illegal immigrants that the American Chamber of Commerce lobbies to be brought in for cheap labor.

Where are the paladins against the Great Gentrification at least in the Dominican community with it’s large array of intellectuals?

We have Pulitzer prize winning Junot Diaz, yet he is too busy fighting claims of sexual harassment from the #METOO movement and siding with the Open Borders lobby to take note of what is going on in the hood with regards to the massive gentrification taking place.

So we are on our own.

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Where will the low income residents of the inner city go?

History is a guide concerning future behavior, so how did the great liberals of the past deal with their own version of Deplorable's standing in the way of progress?

Even though he is greatly reviled today, Stalin was at one time also hailed as a progressive, a clear example of an authoritarian liberal.  What did he do if you were a deplorable?  He deported you to Siberia, so just like then liberals are now gonna try to get you deported with a one way ticket to palookaville!

In South Florida, if you are black and poor, you get on up to far away south in Homestead or you move further north in the Peninsula, to Orlando perhaps.

If you are in NYC, you are also condemned to cruel deportation. You are sent to Newark, New Jersey (just kidding).

The onslaught in the Washington Heights area is on fire.  Rich outsiders already having purchased the area in Harlem after the Clinton Foundation made it it’s home there are now in

The councilman is trying to find a middle ground but the Great Gentrification seems unstoppable, engulfing all, see here and if he doesn’t pick a side he will pay a price (or get paid a high price).
 bidding wars for property and lobbying councilmen for changes in the local zoning laws in other areas, one of them Ydanis Rodriguez has been threatened on the radio waves by many of his constituents that like him are Dominican, some say he is a sell out, because he’s not doing enough to protect his current constituents.

Back in Miami, I’m sitting in a certification class. 

Next to me is Tyrone Gardon, he’s African American.

He’s married with four kids, he’s struggling  he tells me but so far he say’s he’s actually making it, barely.

However the housing prices in Wynnwood where he rents are killing him.

He just got the AC fixed in his car, an indispensable need in South Florida’s summers.

I ask him if he’s better off or worse off with Trump in the White House?

He say’s he hasn’t really thought about it.

I point out, that out of the 30 people in the class, only 10 are African American, that if there were no heavy migration the class would actually be just 10 people, he’d have more options with regards to work.

His eyes widen as he looks around, he chuckles and he humors me acknowledging what I just told him.

However later on over a couple of burgers, he confesses that people are actually waking up.

That many are leaving the Democrat plantation, that the Democrats haven’t actually done anything for them.

People are quietly waking and shedding the shackles that kept them in the thrall of the so called liberal political party.

They aren’t automatically becoming Republicans, either. Many are simply enjoying their new freedom.

However he does agree, that it’s great time to be an African American since less illegal  immigrants are arriving, law and order rule the day. Not the mess the prior administration had.

We talk about how the Pork N Beans a notorious and infamous part of the inner city is being taken apart and that that, is actually for the better.

We talk about Real Estate, money and our kids.

A soccer game plays on the screen in the fast food restaurant we dine at.

I ask him if he see’s a future for himself in Miami.

He say’s right now no, that he’ll probably be leaving soon too.

He’s lived in Miami-Dade his whole life and now that the area is flourishing and rising on supposedly every level those citizens who should also be enjoying this new bounty cannot, because they are being pushed out by The Great Gentrification.

Author: Fernando Antonio Martinez Arauxo