Gentrification, Displacement and the Ethnic Neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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Title: Gentrification, Displacement and the Ethnic Neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Author: Goworowska, Justyna, 1981-
Abstract: This thesis examines the various forces shaping neighborhood change in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and concludes that the future of the community's Polish ethnic enclave is in jeopardy. Findings reveal that Greenpoint, a long-standing center of the Polish ethnic community in New York City, is experiencing rapid gentrification resulting in displacement of area residents. Third-wave gentrification in Greenpoint is driven by the changing global economy, lack of national redistribution policies and local tax abatement plans and zoning changes. Combined with Poland's accession to the European Union and the resulting shift in migration patterns, Greenpoint is facing an eradication of its distinctive cultural landscape. Based on an analysis of US Census data and information from survey questionnaires and interviews, it is evident that gentrification-led displacement is now underway. Greenpoint's Polish residents are on the move, creating new ethnic enclaves in other Queens neighborhoods of Ridgewood, Middle Village and Maspeth.
Description: xii, 99 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) A print copy of this title is available through the UO Libraries under the call numbers: KNIGHT HT177.N5 G69 2008
Date: 2008-06

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