Tag Archives: updates

The Neighborhood’s Gone Downhill

25 Feb

“Gentrification”–such a weird word. Taking a neighborhood, improving it, then making it too expensive for the original inhabitants to live in. The alternate is to let it rot that even the inhabitants don’t want to live there. Do you take the tradeoff?

I was thinking of Baltimore, because I’ve been reading The Expanse books, which one of the main characters actually faked his own death to get out of. Having worked in Baltimore for six months, I can sympathize. Where I worked was one of the snazziest, gentrified places in the city: Harbor East. Right on the waterfront, yachts, restaurants, walking paths, new buildings–absolutely gorgeous. But it didn’t take much to figure out that they had to demolish a bunch of really old houses in order to build this modern marvel.

In fact, I could walk about a quarter mile and see exactly what Harbor East replaced. Bad neighborhoods that you only dared walk through during the day. Murders every other night and plenty of lesser crimes in between. Downtown even looked shabby compared to Harbor East. This is not that unusual in the world. Even my town of Tempe, Arizona, Apache Boulevard which runs out of Arizona State University used to be where all the fraternities had their houses, liquor stores, and all the low-cost motels for the visitors. Not the nicest of places. Then then ran the light rail through there and poof! All those houses disappeared and got replaced with nicer apartments. Because now those with money could afford to live further away from campus.

The liquor stores shifted to lesser desired neighborhoods or renovated other buildings to fill that gap. The cheap motels were replaced by AirBnB years ago. The frats were moved to a consolidated block years before, anticipating the move. And the poor housing? Moved down the line; they could use the light rail, too, but less conveniently and a longer commute.

To quote one of my favorite movies, “We’re now a nice local bar none of the locals can afford.” Gentrification may be inevitable. You can only live in a new suburb as far out as you are willing to travel for it. Yes, you can take the commuter train from Harper’s Ferry, WV to Washington, DC, if you’re willing to ride for 2-3 hours. Which means it’s more convenient to live closer to where you work.

Or is it? The one good thing about the pandemic is that it finally made companies realize that you CAN work from home for most white collar jobs. So why should a company be based out of New York City when they can save money basing themselves out of Pigeon Forge, TN? You don’t fire anyone and save state income tax. And if the cities aren’t pulling in that income, how are they going to maintain this infrastructure? If the neighborhoods go downhill, why won’t those who can move to Pigeon Forge? We’re already seeing this in California.

Honestly, I’m not against gentrification, mostly because it’s not my neighborhood. I grew up in a small town where the lack of the factory means it’s slowly falling apart. So if a NYC company came to Morrison, started putting up their flat pizza stores and Starbucks, a lot of the locals would complain… but they’d still be local. Then again, I’m more of a gypsy, but what do you think? Is there a balance between gentrification and maintaining the local culture? Let me know in the comments below!

Quality with a “K”

10 Aug

Today’s post is brought to you by the letter “k.” There’s no particular reason why quality has to be spelled with a Q, in fact… it probably makes more sense with a KW. However, if you’re used to the dictionary, it weirds you out, just like all the little updates in my life. They’re not amazing… just weird.

So I managed to earn my “k!” – a thousand followers on Twitter. My joy was foiled because I got pinged because I decided to unfollow 40 people who weren’t following me. Facebook, LinkedIn, and even WordPress lets you know when you’ve gone too far with following folks. Twitter? They punish you and let you know you did bad… but won’t specifically tell you what you did. Yeah, that’s quality with a “k.”

Quality with a “k” is apparently a fun phrase that apparently was big in Eastern Pennsylvania back in the late 80’s; heard it from a guy who grew up there–I’ve heard it nowhere else. Okay, other accomplishments!

  • Finished my second (fourth?) draft of Defending Our Sacred Honor, which is the next novel I intend to publish. Love the story, laughed out several times, but I still hate the name. That’ll be a post for another time.
  • Plan to create my first audiobook with my novella, Virginia is for Lovers because it’s shorter. Got the equipment, but need to figure out the mechanics, because I’ve never done it before.
  • Gotta start thinking about what I’m gonna start writing next. Thinking about blitzing for NaNoWriMo in November.
  • Wondering how long I should sit on To Serve a Foreign Queen, which is the novel I just finished. Too much work to revise, no interest. It’s not the worst plan to let it sit in my folder for three years like Defending…

I just wanted to show everyone that it’s very common in India to spell it “kwality.” Yeah, it keeps bugging me. What’s some of the little things that bug you but no one else? Tell me in your comments below!

American Legion Post 138

Damn Straight 138!

Tales from a broken doll

Short stories, poetry, musings and rambling.

Crack On

We have this treasure in cracked pots

Poteci de dor

"Adevărul, pur şi simplu, e rareori pur şi aproape niciodată simplu" - Oscar Wilde

Struggle Street

Mental Health and Well Being

O Miau do Leão

Uma pequena voz da Flandres

A Life's Journey

Little things matter 🌼

Dreamy_parakeet

A dreamer, who loves to muse her world and penned it down✍️ Each words in this blog lay close to my soul🧡

Harley Reborn

♠️Rip It Up & Start Again♥️

Talkin' to Myself

I'm listening

Nature Whispering

From Sunset to Dawn

Riverside Peace

The Official Website of Australian Writer Chrissy Siggee

I didn't have my glasses on....

A trip through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism.

How to feel better

Another year, a decade or a lifetime - sooth your body eternally

Looking to God

Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. (Matthew 6:33)

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

We may see things that we don't even imagine.

Decaf White

No sugar