GENTRIFICATION

If you follow me on Instagram, chances are you’ve read this on one of my posts.. so just fast forward to the + .. to read new stuff.

Lately I’ve been thinking about how a few years from now, when people say “I grew up in Jersey City” it will be so different from the city I grew up in. And let me tell ya, I have such conflicting emotions about it.

On one hand I am thankful for the positive things happening and I can’t deny that I love the out of towners I have met. But on the other hand, I can’t deny that all of the construction going on makes me nervous. Seems like every other day a new house is being knocked down.

Will I be able to afford living in the city I grew up in? Will I even want to? What is Jersey City becoming? In many ways, I feel like this city is losing its authenticity, and I think that’s what I have a hard time accepting. If you’re new here you probably won’t understand what I mean. I’ve heard it be described as a transient city, or my personal favorite.. a place people move to because they can’t afford New York… but to me it’s so much more than that.

+ Now I know I can’t knock people for wanting to move where there is affordable housing, but my issue is when outsiders start to see it as a way to make a profit. People are displaced, houses are knocked down to make room for residential buildings, it feels like there’s no room (parking sucks!!). That’s life I guess.

Anyway, in an effort to maintain a sense of the Jersey City I grew up in, I’ve set 3 goals for myself:

  1. Support more local-owned businesses + show up to events.
  2. Get out of my shell and make friends with people who care about their city.
  3. This one is an idea that has been in my mind for months, yet I have been such a wimp to execute.. I want to interview so many of the lovely people I know and am meeting and give them a space & voice on my blog.

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