Gentrification in Brooklyn is a complex issue, as well as a loaded term. There are several waves of inhabitants of any neighborhood from its inception, so it’s difficult to attribute one space to one group of people.
But, the issues my subject discusses here (and off-camera), are some problematic effects of gentrification: raised rents, higher police presence, and, often in New York, subsequent heightened racial tension.
On the other hand, Franklin Avenue in Crown heights is undoubtedly safer today than it was 10 years ago. Ross, my subject, acknowledges that gentrification has had positive effects on the community.
Realizing this is a murky issue, I tried to show both sides of it.