Exploring Hillside Ave with a New Set of Eyes

In my first blog post I spoke pretty generally about Hillside. I observed the places in the area but didn’t fully understand why these places are in this particular area. Looking back I realized that there were some places that I didn’t observe the first time. For my final project I interviewed a resident of...

Intimate Segregation

Intimate segregation occurs when residents of a neighborhood coexist but have no real interaction. This is due to the residents’ differing uses of space which allow a neighborhood to remain segregated. This can be seen in gentrifying neighborhoods as the middle class moves in and businesses are beginning to cater to that class, other...

Reverse Redlining

Reverse redlining is a predatory lending practice that targets minorities with poor credit. Before, minorities were unable to receive loans for housing due to redlining in which banks refused to give loans due to the risk it presented in allowing minorities to own homes in white and suburban neighborhoods. With reverse redlining, minorities are...

Driven Away by Gentrification

My parents were long time residents of the Flushing area since they immigrated to the United States from Haiti in the early 1980s but have since moved to Springfield Gardens. They would always say that Flushing, particularly Main Street, was very different than it is today. Since I’m only familiar with Main Street as...

The Entrepreneural City

Image Source: Leo-setä In order to combat the financial difficulties of the fiscal crisis, the city looked to gain revenue through creating cities catered to the middle class. This meant investing into building places of interest such as stadiums, shopping centers, and restaurants to be enjoyed by the elite. The creation of entrepreneurial cities neglected...

‘Burning Down Bronx’

During the fiscal crisis, the city struggled to regain prosperity. One of the ways the city worked to overcome this crisis was by supporting the wealthy and elite and laying off workers. The policy of planned shrinkage was implemented in which the wealthy were supported through taxes while city services and funding were drastically cut...

Rape Crisis Movement

The goal of the rape crisis movement was to bring attention to the issue of rape and the freedoms of women. The movement stemmed from the Women’s Rights Movement, which looked to gain equal rights and freedoms for women. The movement also correlates with slavery and the Civil Rights Movement. During slavery, women were...

Exploring Hillside Ave

While walking around Hillside Ave in Jamaica from Susan B. Anthony middle school towards Parsons I noticed that it was dominated by small businesses like deli’s and laundromats that are accessible and convenient for the mix of private homes and apartments in the area. The stores in the area are affordable and there are...

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