Good morning citizens of America. It's Marie Madeline D'houet III of 20 News reporting to you from Washington Park in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York. Brooklyn is one of the boroughs in New York City and is the most populous county in the state. Brooklyn is located at the western end of Long Island. Gentrification has been a controversial topic that has invoked heated debates for years.
As you can see, the buildings behind me have been rebuilt and renovated. For instance, the red-brick building is older whereas the glass skyscraper is more modern. There are both pros and cons of this process. We have gathered the experiences of many residents over the past year and there are plenty of interesting things to observe here.
My name is Nia Long and I have been living in this house for my whole life. It might not look the nicest, but I grew up in this neighbourhood. I am a cleaner at the local high school. I did not attend university and my pay is low, I've only ever been able to afford these apartments.
ONE YEAR AGO
My name is Norman Foster. I am a college graduate from an elite university with quite a lot of money. I’m looking for an opportunity to invest in real estate. I’ve hired an architect to inspect the house.
These apartments aren't modern enough and they won’t sell well. We can knock it down and rebuild contemporary apartments that can house many people. If you invest in it, the rent will have to be raised to compensate for the cost.
NEW APARTMENTS FOR LEASE SET FOR COMPLETION IN 2021!
It’s so unfair that I’m being kicked out of the house I’ve lived in for years. I can’t afford the new rent and I have nowhere else to live...the weather is starting to get colder too...
Our group believes that while gentrification can be unfortunate for the current residents of those areas, it will be a good change for the city in the long term.
A FEW MONTHS LATER
My name is Anne Hathaway and wow, I love how classy these apartments are now! Our family was skeptical at first, but I'm so glad we chose to move here.