article examines the gentrification of Fort Greene, which is located in
the western part of black Brooklyn, one of the largest contiguous black
urban areas in the United States. Between the late 1960s and 2003,
gentrification in Fort Greene followed the patterns discovered by
scholars of black neighborhoods; the gentrifying agents were almost
exclusively black and gentrification as a process was largely bottom-up
because entities interested in the production of space were mostly not
involved. Since 2003 this has changed. Whites have been moving to Fort
Greene in large numbers and will soon represent the numerical majority.
Public and private interventions in and around Fort Greene have created
a new top-down version of gentrification, which is facilitating this
white influx. Existing black residential and commercial tenants are
replaced and displaced in the name of urban economic development. The
article is available here.
Fort Greene Park (2014)