The Michigan Chronicle lead story for this week, “Who Owns Downtown Detroit’s Downtown? Not Us” received some welcome attention from the Metro Times, thanks to a blog post from editor Michael Jackman. In it, Jackman says:
The article, and the remarks of those interviewed in it, struck a chord with us, as earlier today we blogged about an article on Quartz that seems to dovetail with the correlation Owens covers. That piece had talked about how gentrification played out in Brooklyn along class contours. It read:
Williamsburg is getting a Trader Joe’s while interior Brooklyn is rapidly becoming the Sahara of all food deserts. Affluent white people buy expensive stuff, poor minorities do not—or so market research likely tells the folks in location-development departments at Whole Foods, Urban Outfitters, and company.
Big, job-bringing corporations have no financial impetus to invest in our nation’s poorest neighborhoods—and so our nation’s poorest neighborhoods stay poor. That is, until some graphic designer or eco-friendly boutique owner in an abutting, rent-resurgent neighborhood realizes how comparably cheap average square footage is.
Let’s hope we can keep this discussion going.