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Maybe you don’t have to care about what goes on outside of your little bubble, whether that’s Gettysburg or your hometown. After all, ignorance is bliss. But while you find comfort in your home, I find my comfort slipping away more and more each time I go back to what is supposed to be my haven. Where I once saw the small, familiar-looking apartment buildings, I now see daunting, tall buildings with impenetrable glass windows. Where I once saw local businesses thrive, I now only see the old rusty overhead doors with a bright red sign that says, “FOR RENT”. Maybe you don’t have to care but I do especially when a lot of changes are happening in my own home, East Harlem, otherwise known as “El Barrio”.
Before you go on reading, take a moment to think about what the words “progress” and “development” mean to you and what do you think they look like? [excerpt]
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Flores, Gisselle, "More Than a Hot Neighborhood" (2018). SURGE. 326.