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Spike Lee Gets Brutally Honest When Discussing Gentrification in Brooklyn
Complex City Guide ^ | 2/26/14 | Julian Kimble

Posted on 02/26/2014 3:35:27 PM PST by Impala64ssa

Edited on 02/26/2014 3:47:18 PM PST by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: blackkk; brooklyn; crownheights; gentrification; harlem; limolibs; newyorkcity; nyc; spikelee
WARNING!!! Vulgar language alert!

Spike Lee's bucket mouth would embarrass Richard Pryor. UMM, Spikeepoo, a very brief NYC history lesson, there was a time when your old neighborhood of Ft. Green, even the housing projects that went up before WWII, was very much lily White. My Great-Grandparents lived in the area. I remember as a kid when the south Bronx was staring to experience an influx of Puerto Ricans, it was still predominately White. My dear Mom grew up there and graduated from Monroe HS. Maybe these things go in cycles? And if I complained about any influx of Blacks, Hispanics, muzzies, gays moving in my "hood" the Just-us Dept would have me thrown under the jail if they could.

1 posted on 02/26/2014 3:35:27 PM PST by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

How the whites moved back in to his old neighborhood, cleaned it up and made it safe? Is that’s what’s bugging him? But then, you should see his digs where he lives now.


2 posted on 02/26/2014 3:38:02 PM PST by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Also, it’s been very PC to blame the demise of the South Bronx on the construction of the Cross Bronx Expwy, by that eeevil racist Robert Moses. Yeah, maybe he was, but I remember the horror stories my parents told me about that area that went on long before the first sq inch of dirt was moved to build that roadway.


3 posted on 02/26/2014 3:38:45 PM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Where does Spike Lee live now?

I guarantee it is not in the hood next to section 8 renters...


4 posted on 02/26/2014 3:40:22 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Impala64ssa; Revolting cat!; GeronL

New Yawkers complained when the prostitutes and porno theaters were run out of 42nd Street for higher dollar businesses as well.


5 posted on 02/26/2014 3:41:21 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Impala64ssa
And why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the south Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Crown Heights for the facilities to get better?

Yes Spike, think deeply on that issue

6 posted on 02/26/2014 3:42:51 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Impala64ssa

Interestingly (or not) a few years back, I read a somewhat similar article about San Francisco. I forget the author’s name (it wasn’t anyone famous), but he bemoaned the gentrification of certain areas of “The City” and how historical African-American music outlets and so on were being cleared out for shopping malls, etc.

The *really* interesting thing about that story, though, was one of the big winners in the alleged gentrification was none other than San Fran Nan - Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi has apparently made many millions in real estate deals in San Francisco, even pairing up with Republican developers to get deals done.

I just found that kind of interesting.

As for NYC, I’ve not been there enough times to know what areas are good and what areas aren’t. I’ve always heard horror stories about The Bronx and some place called “Alphabet City”, but I doubt I could pick either out on a map.


7 posted on 02/26/2014 3:47:18 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo Man is *always* intense.)
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To: 2banana
Where does Spike Lee live now?

I guarantee it is not in the hood next to section 8 renters...

Spike Lee lives here:

Built for a Vanderbilt heir, Hatch House was owned by Gypsy Rose Lee and Jasper Johns before Spike bought it.

But, hey, it's on the market now, so maybe Spike is moving back to the hood.

8 posted on 02/26/2014 3:47:30 PM PST by x
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To: Impala64ssa

Say, isn’t this the point where brutally honest
becomes rabidly racist?


9 posted on 02/26/2014 3:47:45 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: x

Like most liberals, Lee is a hypocrite.


10 posted on 02/26/2014 3:49:42 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Impala64ssa

My standard (and always winning) answer to rich libtards:

So, spike, naturally you and your fellow artEEST millionaires have gotten together, bought up these neighborhoods and now rent them at super low rent at a loss to the Brothas and Sistas, right?

You live on a subsistence level and use your money to make it all good for them, right?


11 posted on 02/26/2014 3:51:20 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Fight Tapinophobia in all its forms! Do not submit to arduus privilege.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Lets see when a neighborhood goes from black to white its ok to bitch and moan and it is not racist?

Just asking as a white guy from Compton that lived the white to black change

But fyi rich whites yuppies are really obnoxious. I do understand their as—ole factor..


12 posted on 02/26/2014 3:52:56 PM PST by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: SkyDancer

I suppose if Detroit got “gentrified” he’d piss and moan about that. Pricin’ the Bros ouda da hood and all. And ruin’n Devils Night too.


13 posted on 02/26/2014 3:53:27 PM PST by technically right
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To: Impala64ssa
gentrification: that's it's only beneficial to some people.

It's a fact of life that different cultures create the environment that they prefer. Using mental time lapse I recall some of the tidy little bungalows that sprung up after WWII. People had pride in their neighborhood, and it showed.
Nowadays, the area is a rat infested hellhole, with crumbling buildings covered with graffiti.

The buildings didn't change, the people changed.

14 posted on 02/26/2014 3:53:41 PM PST by oldbrowser (Civil service unions are the real government)
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To: x

I guess that security fence around Mr. Lee’s house is to keep the evil rich white bankers out?


15 posted on 02/26/2014 3:57:26 PM PST by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: tophat9000

Exactly.

The funny apart about that is that most urban Yuppies are former hipsters who are overwhelmingly Liberal...complete with vegan, organic and high-end tastes.

The Liberal victim groups (gay, minority, union, Atheist, abortionist) are finding out what grievance trumps another.

I read there was a gay man hurt in the knockout game...it was like Trayvon & Zimmerman, they have to “out-victim” each other.


16 posted on 02/26/2014 4:00:19 PM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: Impala64ssa

Yeah, it’s sad to see what minorities have done to our neighborhoods, schools, old shopping areas, streets, historical sites, parks. So much that was built and cherished in virtually every major city has been trashed, littered, torn down, dilapidated, criminalized what have you

I guess it’s too much to ask people to take care of the neighborhood. It’s just the same old song over and over, formerly nice parts of town now trashed and unsafe. Congrats, great work.


17 posted on 02/26/2014 4:03:51 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat ("Four dead in Benghazi")
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To: technically right

Most likely be drivin’ da housin’ rents to a hunnert dolla’ a mont’


18 posted on 02/26/2014 4:04:13 PM PST by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Liberals think profanity equates to profound.


19 posted on 02/26/2014 4:05:16 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Impala64ssa

His comments about the new arrivals sound almost exactly like what we say about those who move here to Vermont. People come on vacation and fall in love and then move here and try to change everything.

Oh yeah they also build a new home and then try to make sure it is the last house ever built in that town. Can’t have urban sprawl after all.

/rant


20 posted on 02/26/2014 4:05:59 PM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: SkyDancer; All

Know people who bought into a very rough neighborhood in the late ‘60s for around $20,000. They knew it would be rough, but the improvement was moving in that direction. Several break-ins, muggings, etc. later, houses in that block now sell for $1 million.


21 posted on 02/26/2014 4:06:37 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: x

That looks like Charlton Heston’s place in The Omega Man.


22 posted on 02/26/2014 4:06:53 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: gleeaikin

This is 100% happening in the Bay Area. If you bought in the Mission or in Potrero Hill in the 90’s you would be sitting pretty right now.


23 posted on 02/26/2014 4:11:16 PM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: Impala64ssa

What was the name of the Expressway in Detroit, Gary-IN, Baltimore, St Louis, East Saint Louis, Philadelphia, Camden, Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland. etc.? I believe they all contained the name: WhiteFlight or GetOutOfTownHonky..
Perhaps the NFL should have threatened to pull the Super Bowl out the cites with NFL teams.


24 posted on 02/26/2014 4:12:09 PM PST by BilLies (330,000 WHITE Union military went to their deaths to free the slaves .... REALLY???!!!)
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To: Fai Mao

Them be the One-Percent.


25 posted on 02/26/2014 4:14:32 PM PST by BilLies (330,000 WHITE Union military went to their deaths to free the slaves .... REALLY???!!!)
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To: wac3rd; All

The family I mentioned paid their dues. The husband had his jaw broken and was wired up for 6 weeks, the house broken into 3 times. The wife exposed to certain unpleasantness as well. A decade later the husband was also mugged once, held up at gunpoint twice, and in protecting someone else being attacked on the street had his nose broken. Early “gentrification” is not for the faint of heart or naive.


26 posted on 02/26/2014 4:17:26 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: Straight Vermonter
and then move here and try to change everything.
Yeah, when I lived in Orange County, NY the yuppies who bought the overpriced mcmansions around the onion fields in Warwick, like clockword b!tch and complain about the slow moving farm vehicles that clog up the roads and the pesticildes that are "killing their children". Not to mention, on those hot sweltering days in July and August, the unmistakable aroma of cow manure wafting in the air. A similar situation by the dirt track in Middletown, they complain about the noise from races every Sat night in the spring and summer. HEY, SCHMUCKS! you knew where you were moving to, what did you expect?
27 posted on 02/26/2014 4:18:58 PM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: BilLies

At some point it crosses MLK Blvd. That is usually not the place to look for a gas station with a clean restroom


28 posted on 02/26/2014 4:20:59 PM PST by John Galt's cousin (WTF? We couldn't rescue four men in Benghazi? Is our military IMPOTENT? ( /s ))
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To: tophat9000

Inglewood was also like that.


29 posted on 02/26/2014 4:21:55 PM PST by windcliff
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To: BenLurkin

Profanity is a small mind attempting to speak with force.


30 posted on 02/26/2014 4:35:58 PM PST by DeltaZulu
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To: Impala64ssa

None of that matters to Lee. He is a black supremesist bigot. Ever lie he tells and every truth he lets slip is to further cause of making whites second class citizens. Viewed through that prism even his illogical statements make sense.


31 posted on 02/26/2014 4:39:06 PM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: Impala64ssa

Obviously Spike hosted a conference to finalize proper Honkification Standards..
Al mulattoes are equal except some are more Honkyified than others..

There MUST be rules in abrogating conservative blacks..
Can’t have blacks “waking up” en mass getting all OUTRAGED...


32 posted on 02/26/2014 4:48:17 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Impala64ssa

pigeon-toed, pipsqueek punk azz rasis...


33 posted on 02/26/2014 4:58:25 PM PST by CincyRichieRich (Bloom right where you are.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Amazing what a bitter person he is.


34 posted on 02/26/2014 5:21:13 PM PST by FrdmLvr ("WE ARE ALL OSAMA, 0BAMA!" al-Qaeda terrorists who breached the American compound in Benghazi)
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To: CincyRichieRich

Bookmark


35 posted on 02/26/2014 5:24:01 PM PST by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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To: Impala64ssa

Hmmm. If Spike Lee bought an old home in a run down Brooklyn neighborhood, and fixed it up, would he be called a “gentrifier”, or is that term saved for whites who do the same thing?


36 posted on 02/26/2014 6:08:59 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Impala64ssa
Hey Spike, let me guess -- you don't live in Brooklyn with your race. Am I correct?

I bet you aren't living in a 2 bedroom apartment either, so STFU.

37 posted on 02/26/2014 6:11:49 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014: The Year of DEAD RINOS)
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To: Impala64ssa

38 posted on 02/26/2014 11:11:28 PM PST by cunning_fish
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To: Impala64ssa

I love seeing the Volvos and Beemers impatiently following the farm vehicles and getting splattered by the “mud” coming off the tires.


39 posted on 02/27/2014 5:35:10 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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