Archive for February 18th, 2004

18th February

First Published in The New York Sun, February 18, 2004

By Andrew Wolf

 Filmmaker Spike Lee was recently quoted in the New York Times with an important observation. “That whole experiment — white flight to the suburbs — really did not work out. All the things they ran away from followed them to the suburbs.” That huge sections of his home borough of Brooklyn are now gentrifying is something that has not escaped the notice of Mr. Lee. 

    The children of the baby boomers are headed back to the city, and many of them choose to stay, even after they have children of their own. However, rather than fleeing the things “that followed them to the suburbs,” I believe that they are looking for the things that didn’t. They want the energy and interaction that the city provides, and as a result, neighborhoods once given up for dead are resurging.  (more…)