Stop Urban Caging

Posted on: July 28th, 2008 at 9:15 am by

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[Ludlow & Rivington, Looking Southeast]

A simple walk around the neighborhood reveals numerous buildings and street corners shrouded in unsightly scaffolding, sidewalk sheds, and netting. Take, for instance, the construction zone formally known as Ludlow. If you stand at Houston and peer south toward Delancey, it appears as though the entire block is being razed for the benefit of just a few.

Unfortunately, these eyesores seem to spread their terrible infection at a frightening rate. You can dismantle one, but five more are erected elsewhere. It’s further evidence that many unlucky residents are helplessly trapped like rats in the metal cages of gentrification. Even worse, I would venture.

Precisely for this reason, relief abounds when scaffolding is finally removed. The bars are finally gone from tapas joint Oliva! The beautiful mural is again in full view.

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