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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

DCentric: Five Ways to Be a Good Gentrifier

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I know the "G word" can be a little controversial, but DCentric's list contains good straight forward tips for recent transplants to a neighborhood like ours.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

way number 6: don't be that guy in the flannel. Jesus.

Dave B said...

If you get a dog, dont be an asshole and let it bark outside at night. Actually, that getting a dog advice is stupid. It only makes life easier/better for you. This article should be about pleasing others or at least being considerate

tonysmallframe said...

That article was stupid and pointless. There should be two rules:

1. White folks - be nice to your neighbors.

2. Black folks - be nice to your neighbors.

Why should there be anymore to it?

tubbs said...

jesus christ. I introduced myself to the neighbors, told them they should ignore the muffled screams and late night deliveries of vet-r-sem gloves, and explained the concept of a safe word. After that, it's been peaches and cream. It's not hard, people.

Anonymous said...

that might be the dumbest damned thing I've ever read, and the comments are amazingly stupid as well. A mish mash of wayne brady types trying to channel the black panther party, and a bunch of Brown U type white kids talking about economic justice. Two types of impotence that make a truly flaccid milkshake when brought together. All I know is I bought the house I live in with money I earned, and I have black people all around me. I don't care, and I'm not scared, so that strikes me as progress. I didn't say hello to the white jerks where I used to live, and I'm not obligated to say hello to the black jerks here.

ro said...

I like the cut of your jib anon 11:50.

cameron with a gordie howe jersey said...

support Toyland..it was empty last night. made me weep.

emo said...

I love how Park View "starkly contrasted to her former Dupont Circle neighborhood in which passersby often walked down the street as if they were strangers." Like, when are passersby not going to be strangers? If you knew them you would be more specific (friends/enemies/neighbors/acquaintances/adversaries).

Also why does every contrast in the entire world have to be described as "stark"? Getting kinda old...

monkeyrotica said...

anon 11:50, you are my new god. I will pay your bail.

Anonymous said...

I think the guy with the beard is hot.

Matt Ashburn said...

I coulda sworn anon @ 11:50 was monkeyrotica til I saw that he was anon. If their powers were to combine...

monkeyrotica said...

I always say hello to white and black jerks alike. I am also a friend of all children. Just like Gamera.

Rob said...

I don't think these are too bad. I like the one about saying hello. I honestly think people walking down the street would see me (the white guy), then look straight ahead and walk. But I can't tell you how many broke into a smile and said hi back when I said "How you doing?" *Somebody* has to be nice...why not me and you? I also like the one about the kids on the corner. I've seen enough to know they were often up to no good. But they're often just hanging w/ their friends. I would walk by, smile, look them in the eye and say, "how you doin?" They most of the time said something respectful back. They're used to the white person judging them and disrespecting. Just don't be that person and I'd say 4 outta 5 times, it's all good. Be nice and respectful to your neighbors, and respect the n'hood "elders." Word gets around pretty quick about what kind of person you are (or are perceived to be). I honestly think over the six years I've been (or was in since I'm overseas now) in Trinidad, people looking to cause trouble passed my house and car by because my neighbors had their eye out for me or put in a good word for me. Can't prove it, but that's what I think.