Gentrification and The American Dream for Immigrants
Gentrification: New York awake from the American Dream.
An article by Mihai Pruna.
The increasing housing demand in NYC are prompting landlords to use any means
necessary to evict the tenants occupying rent stabilized apartments. They use
tactics like the move-in clause, rent increase justified through minor
improvements, fake allegations of profiteering by subletting. Their usually poor
tenants don't have the means to defend themselves in court effectively and thus
over the past two decades have move out of Manhattan in droves. The newcomers
are usually professionals with more income which can afford higher rents.
In many cases, those who move out are immigrants or their descendants.
Washington Heights is being depleted of its Dominican population. Lower East
side has been steadily losing Chinese and Orthodox Jews.
The displaced move to the Bronx, the suburbs, to other US cities or even back to
their home countries. While the outer boroughs are still fostering ethnic
communities, gentrification is spilling over from Manhattan bringing along the
White American and her buying power.
The increasing influx of immigrants from India and China finds roots not in New
York, but all over, from Jersey to Alabama. It is ironic that the symbol most
associated with America throughout the world has now become a place where only
the richest can afford to live.