I have lived in the same small house, on the same quiet street for the last 25 years. I have so many memories in my family home and the streets near my home. Although some parts of the Bronx have a bad reputation, to me the Bronx is my home. I have seen many friends move away throughout the years, some I still keep in touch with and others I have never seen again. Change is something that everyone has to deal with at some point in their life. Sometimes change is necessary and it can be good, but New Yorkers are currently witnessing their city rapidly changing, meanwhile the people who have called this city home for decades cannot keep up with these changes are being thrown out with the old
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, gentrification is the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents. Neighborhoods all over the city are falling prey to gentrification, and now the Bronx seems to undergoing some of the same changes. Many families have been priced out of their homes, and little is being done to protect the New Yorkers who have stuck with the city through thick and thin.
My neighborhood seems to have been “under construction” for the last 5 years. New apartment buildings are popping up in places that I would have never thought a building could fit in. You can find “For Rent” and “Space Available” signs on every building. My neighborhood also received renovations to its train station stop as well as new public bike racks (even though no one I know would ever chain their bike up and leave it on the street). We even have our own little over priced café. The average rent is increasing every year and it is only a matter of time before the rent sky rockets and no one can afford to live here any longer. Many people will soon be displaced from their homes all over the Bronx. The New York I grew up in will soon be a fading memory and I have no idea what my place will be in this “New” New York.