I highly recommend this eight minute WNYC segment that is part of the station’s “Radio Rookies” series. The very talented teenage journalist and Bed-Stuy resident Corinne Bobb-Semple produced a show entitled “Feeling Like an Outsider in Your Own Neighborhood”–you can listen to it right here. Corinne’s mom opened Brownstone Books on Lewis Avenue in 2011 and her father started a local real estate business. Her segment looks at all the ways gentrification has changed the neighborhood, and how difficult it can be to talk about gentrification between new and old residents. She also speaks on how the African American community of Bed-Stuy has had such a positive impact on her life as she attends a predominantly white school.
The radio segment includes an uncomfortable discussion Corinne has with a clueless young gentrifier. (My words, not Corinne’s.) It’s true, gentrification can be hard to talk about–but it shouldn’t be impossible. Start with this radio segment and we can start having better conversations about how this neighborhood is changing and how those changes do not always benefit the longterm residents of Bed-Stuy.