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Old March 10th, 2013, 04:57 AM   #41
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Over-the-Rhine, CINCINNATI, Ohio

Over-the-Rhine is the nation's largest historic district and until the mid 2000's was one of the roughest. It was placed on the Nation Trust for Historic Preservation's list of top 10 most endangered places in 2006. Since then, the city has taken action to preserve the historic architecture. To be fair, very few people were moved from the neighborhood because most of the structures were left abandoned after the 2001 riots that plagued the neighborhood. There is plenty to read on the history of Over-the-Rhine, and I encourage you to do a search. For now, I'll just post some before and afters pics.

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Old March 10th, 2013, 05:44 AM   #42
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WOW, that's quite an impressive example indeed!
It's really amazing how much it changed in so little time!
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Old March 10th, 2013, 02:57 PM   #43
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Medellín - Colombia

Three examples of great renewal of shanty towns ("comunas") - education, transport and parks or public spaces-:

The first one is the Public Library "España", in the neighborhood "Santo Domingo".
The second one is an example of public Transport system to those areas (there are 3, so far).
The last example is public escalators within a shanty town called "comuna 13".


Pictures by Skept, DavidPLP, Juanfrans, Sol Beatriz, MrGrau_2010, Telemedellín, Parque España, Medavianca, Alejoaoa

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Biblioteca España by Skept, on Flickr

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Biblioteca España, Medellín by Juanfrans, on Flickr

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Biblioteca España by DavidPLP, on Flickr

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Desde la Biblioteca España by Parque Biblioteca España, on Flickr

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sobre cable por Sol Beatriz, en Flickr

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Escaleras Eléctricas por MrGrau_2010, en Flickr

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El alcalde escalas abajo por Telemedellín - Aquí te ves, en Flickr
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Old March 12th, 2013, 06:54 AM   #44
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Quite a transformation in Over-The-Rhine. As for Medellin, it's good to see city services reaching the comunas.

Also, it's not always just a "hipsters versus gangsters" dynamic. Here in Los Angeles, there are historic neighborhoods of working class people (i.e., Echo Park) which have slowly transitioned into trendy areas. The downside is that property owners (since many of the people who lived there were long time renters) increased the rents or found other ways to evict long-time residents to make room for the influx of younger and wealthier tenants. This has led retail owners rising rental prices for mom-and-pop stores that had survived for decades in order to bring in trendy record stores and cafés. I know it's just a function of the market, but it's ironic that hipsters who came to live in an economically and ethnically diverse area ended up displacing many of the people they wanted to live near.
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Old March 13th, 2013, 08:05 PM   #45
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Cucunuba: really enjoyed the cable car and elevators! Is there a place, where you can read more about these projects, and how successful they are? Was the idea of the projects making any economical gains to the areas where they took place? Any effects yet?
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Old March 14th, 2013, 05:32 AM   #46
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Cucunuba: really enjoyed the cable car and elevators! Is there a place, where you can read more about these projects, and how successful they are? Was the idea of the projects making any economical gains to the areas where they took place? Any effects yet?
Whilst I find something more specialized, have a look at:
- http://transportationnation.org/2011...ega-escalator/ (escalators)
- http://www.theworld.org/2013/03/medellins-makeover/ (Cable cars)
- pdf: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...43287494,d.eWU
- http://en.wikiarquitectura.com/index..._Medell%C3%ADn (I foun it's quite complete and it has been written with the collaboration of the architect).

They have been extremely successful. The gain was mostly for the city as a whole. The great innovation was focusing the strategic plan of making the city competitive by tackling the poor areas mostly. By the way, it was one of the reasons for reaching the list of most innovative cities, which ate the end Medellìn won. Check this out:

http://online.wsj.com/ad/cityoftheyear

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Thank you Cacunuba for all the links and information. Very interesting. Actually learnt a lot from the link on the Spain Library! I loved the pictures of the escalators. I used a simialr escalator in Hong Kong once, with a difference that the pictures from Medellin seem so much cooler and nicer. It is great to see that so many people use the facility! Finally cable cars and the Spain Library together on one picture look stunning. Congratulations to Medellin's authorities / people for winning the award!
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Old March 15th, 2013, 12:51 AM   #48
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Some of these transformations are amazing to say the least.
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Old March 22nd, 2013, 10:43 PM   #49
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Katowice: Mariacka St. - the most recognizeable gentrification in the city. Former city street with cars and buses, popular location for prostitutes, generally - very unsafe area. City Hall announced in 2005 a competition for refurbishment of Mariacka and neighboring streets. It was won by consortium of APA Kuryłowicz&Associates (from Warsaw) and AiR Jurkowscy (from Katowice). Works commenced during autumn 2007 and finished late 2008 (just before the winter). Total cost of works exceeded 13 million PLN (estimated - less than 10M) [1 EUR = ~4-4,2 PLN now], including some extra works, for example anti-car posts and surface repair (due to wrong underpinning). Actually the number of restaurants and other catering storesis still increasing, but 2009 (first year after renovation) was very bad and there was nothing suggesting better future. City Hall started organizing street concerts in 2010. It was the milestone for this precinct.

Some photos from this street.

One of the first events:
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Ul. Mariacka...





A to Ci dopiero...
Late 2010(?):






April 2011:
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Na Mariackiej wymieniono drzewka na wieksze !





http://katowice.gazeta.pl/katowice/1...ariackiej.html
This area (Mariacka is not only a street, but also brand for all refurbishments in the area) has also their website: http://mariacka.eu/
Unfortunately, it has no EN version - only some news from the world.

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My 2013 photo (before the main event season, which starts in April - during it the street is really full of pavement cafes and their customers, especially after dusk):


Polish thread (for whole downtown): http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=123605

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Quite a transformation in Over-The-Rhine. As for Medellin, it's good to see city services reaching the comunas.

Also, it's not always just a "hipsters versus gangsters" dynamic. Here in Los Angeles, there are historic neighborhoods of working class people (i.e., Echo Park) which have slowly transitioned into trendy areas. The downside is that property owners (since many of the people who lived there were long time renters) increased the rents or found other ways to evict long-time residents to make room for the influx of younger and wealthier tenants. This has led retail owners rising rental prices for mom-and-pop stores that had survived for decades in order to bring in trendy record stores and cafés. I know it's just a function of the market, but it's ironic that hipsters who came to live in an economically and ethnically diverse area ended up displacing many of the people they wanted to live near.
Unfortunately this is the definition of capitalism. Communism keeps everyone poor because it lacks the incentive to compete and innovate. Capitalism forces innovation and competition, but that means those less able to compete, fall behind. So which one is the lesser evil? Or how do you blend the two, so there is no more evil?
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I'd take hipsters over gangsters anyday
Seriously, I guess I'd be better off being accused of not being trendy by a bunch of hipsters than getting shot in the guts by some local bangers.
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My favourite project of "gentrification" has always been Bordeaux, France. The construction of the tram and the renewal of the riverbanks has turned ugly industrial areas into ones of the most valuables zones of south France.

It isn't easy to make before/after comparations because it isn't easy to find ancient pictures on internet, but here an example:



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http://www.angers.fr/fileadmin/plugi...a_Bordeaux.pdf
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Old May 9th, 2013, 04:11 PM   #53
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Awesome Bed Stuy pics. Have some friends out there who love it. One of the more dramatic changes has been in Meat Packing. 10-15 years ago, was all hookers, drug dealers, and junkies, now arguably the trendiest neighborhood in Manhattan.

See if I can find some more of Manhattan. Below, slightly different angles, and the twisty building is U/C.


http://www.thesartorialist.com/photo...-now-new-york/


http://www.worldpropertychannel.com/...-ikea-6351.php
When I first saw that place, I was sure that it would be soon replaced by something like this

Here is the relatively actual picture (from September):



It seems that High Line largely drove gentrification in Chelsea district. Living in Chelsea is now trendy, what supports consumption-based theories of gentrification rather than production-based (rent-gap theory).


As usual, true is probably somewhere between. I started to be sensitive about gentrification in my city, Bratislava. Altough is pretty small and the amount of gentrifiable land is not so big, first evidence of middle-class acitivity in former neglected areas is already visible. Most of historical core was recently reconstructed and new trendy cafés, restaurants, galleries and garment food markets were opened or will be soon...

I think, that for post-socialist cities is gentrification difinitely a good thing, because there is a large amount of still-cheap flats in commieblocks.
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Whitechapel High Street London (The High Street 2012 project)

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Gentrification is storming through London for better or worse - The city and the feel of it as well as its population is changing. Interesting but shabby working class areas of imigrants and old Londoners are being cleaned up and along with that the middle classes and their pushchairs are moving in. Hackney has transformed from shabby, affordable and dangerous into fashionable, young and stylish but it's startling how white and homogenous the hipster newcomers are. Brixton is undergoing the same process now. The market there was once full of the foods of the world and catered for an extremely varied immigrant population - its now full of the same familiar fashionable coffee shops, vintage markets and eateries in a smart new physical setting... yawn, I think
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Gentrification is storming through London for better or worse - The city and the feel of it as well as its population is changing. Interesting but shabby working class areas of imigrants and old Londoners are being cleaned up and along with that the middle classes and their pushchairs are moving in. Hackney has transformed from shabby, affordable and dangerous into fashionable, young and stylish but it's startling how white and homogenous the hipster newcomers are. Brixton is undergoing the same process now. The market there was once full of the foods of the world and catered for an extremely varied immigrant population - its now full of the same familiar fashionable coffee shops, vintage markets and eateries in a smart new physical setting... yawn, I think
I find it racist to suppose that a place looking "white" is something seen as inherently negative, and I see the break-up of ethnic-based communities as a very positive trend.

Moreover, it is not really like "whites" are the only ones moving there. It is more like these places start to look more like the average upper class demographic cohort of the whole of England, in which "whites" are the majority but there are also other sizable number of people from other backgrounds. The difference is that gentrifiers usually have their own cultural sets, hence a people from - say - Indian origin will probably display more cultural traits normally associated with upper middle class ppl from England regardless of his/her own particular ethnic origin.
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In my opinion, in no way/shape/form did his post come across as 'racist'. He simply stated how white Hackney was becoming as a result of gentrification and the 'hipster' craze, in what is one of London's most ethnically diverse boroughs. Not surprising you (of all people..) read too far into it, and came to the usual whack conclusion.
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'hipster craze' is an ironic statement.

Anyway, it being a black neighbourhood isn't an excuse for it to look like crap. Any renovation is positive, in my opinion.
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Gentrification (so-called) has to be a good thing in many inner London suburbs for the simple reason that it will preserve and restore a great heritage of interesting 18th and 19th c. buildings that were all too often neglected and in danger of demolition through lack of maintenance. Anything that can reverse this is positive IMO.
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I find it racist to suppose that a place looking "white" is something seen as inherently negative, and I see the break-up of ethnic-based communities as a very positive trend.
But there is no "break-up of ethnic-based communities". All that is happening is that those communities are pushed out of their old quarters to some drab places in the periphery while another wealthy largely ethnically homogenous group is moving in.

While it might not be a negative developement, from a social point of view its not positive either. It is positive merely from a architectural view because neighbourhoods get some renovation.
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