Skip to comments.Spike Lee Gets Brutally Honest When Discussing Gentrification in Brooklyn
Posted on 02/26/2014 3:35:27 PM PST by Impala64ssaEdited on 02/26/2014 3:47:18 PM PST by Sidebar Moderator. [history]
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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.
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.
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.
Where does Spike Lee live now?
I guarantee it is not in the hood next to section 8 renters...
New Yawkers complained when the prostitutes and porno theaters were run out of 42nd Street for higher dollar businesses as well.
Yes Spike, think deeply on that issue
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.
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.
Say, isn’t this the point where brutally honest
becomes rabidly racist?
Like most liberals, Lee is a hypocrite.
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?
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..
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.
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.
I guess that security fence around Mr. Lee’s house is to keep the evil rich white bankers out?
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.
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.
Most likely be drivin’ da housin’ rents to a hunnert dolla’ a mont’
Liberals think profanity equates to profound.
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.
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.
That looks like Charlton Heston’s place in The Omega Man.
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.
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.
Them be the One-Percent.
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.
At some point it crosses MLK Blvd. That is usually not the place to look for a gas station with a clean restroom
Inglewood was also like that.
Profanity is a small mind attempting to speak with force.
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.
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...
pigeon-toed, pipsqueek punk azz rasis...
Amazing what a bitter person he is.
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?
I bet you aren't living in a 2 bedroom apartment either, so STFU.
I love seeing the Volvos and Beemers impatiently following the farm vehicles and getting splattered by the “mud” coming off the tires.