In the Times today, an article celebrating the gentrification of Canal Street is getting strong reactions.
This type of article is a long-time staple for the paper. For years, they’ve sent writers into “up and coming” neighborhoods to highlight the new shops and eateries. As a record of the changing city, these articles are invaluable–I relied on them when I wrote my book, Vanishing New York. But they also help to hype the changes.
And in all of them, someone makes a statement about how the old neighborhood was dead and the new one is alive, how “no one” was there before