From: Letwin, Michael <MLetwin@legal-aid.org>
Date: Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 10:11 AM
Subject: FYI: Racism, Gentrification, and “Broken Windows”
Jane Jacobs, Broken Windows and the Battle Over Public Space
“In this regard both conservative law and order and liberal-minded urban planning leave poor communities of color in the crosshairs. Deemed disorderly and unlawful, poor people of color become the primary recipients of enforcement. At the same time, urban planners, most of whom are white, design a city that becomes increasingly attractive to the white and well off. The pressures of displacement begin. Neighborhoods gentrify, leading to a change not only in rents and costs of living, but of standards and neighborhood norms. The loud block party once perfectly normal in Puerto Rican Bushwick becomes a quality life issue for a gentrified Bushwick, where white neighbors may now call 911. Public spaces, a theoretically shared space, become battlefields.”
In Brooklyn Bridge Park Conflict, Neighbors See Trouble. Players See Intolerance.
“Sometimes I try and avoid going on Joralemon,” said Aaliyah Johnson, 17, who is black and travels from Flatbush to play basketball. “It’s like they look at you, move their kids over like you’re going to do something, and clutch on to their purse. Your doing that — it just makes us not feel welcome. We just came here to play basketball.”