Jill Betters has a great piece on Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood and the generation shifts that transform neighborhoods.
The balancing act between old and new residents can be impossible to maintain in some cases. But with a little genuine, demonstrated interest in meeting and forming relationships, it’s something that can be done.
This is what Jill’s writing about, sharing the story of someone who moved into a changing neighborhood, someone who embodied change herself, and who formed relationships and has learned to carry on the underlying spirit of the neighborhood even as it continues to change.
It also provides some examples for why I’m not particularly interested in fretting about gentrification, so long as the spirit of newcomers is receptive to learning and becoming a part of the place, rather than simply replacing it.
At minimum, it’s a good case study for why characterizing different generations as fundamentally different or exceptional isn’t helpful.