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The Self Loathing Gentrifier

Dear SLG, Is it wrong that I hate food trucks owned and operated by transplanted hipsters? They’re noisy, expensive, create tons of garbage, and take advantage of infrastructure they don’t really pay into (unlike, say, the local storefront restaurants they obscure). Not to mention they’ve made it a lot harder for your more humble immigrant food-cart guys. Brick and Mortar Guy, Carroll Gardens You’re one those people who answers your own question, or at least...
Dear SLG, So, hey, I grew up in Bay Ridge. I recently moved to Williamsburg and I’m getting all sorts of grief from old neighborhood friends about being a yuppie-scum gentrifier. What should I tell them? Are they right? Thanks, Bay Ridge-iamsburg Let me tell you a story: once, a long time ago, I loved a woman. It lasted a little while and then it ended. We parted as friends. She was a singer. She...
Illustration Brandon Evans Dear Self-Loathing Gentrifier, I realized the other day that for a long time I’ve been defensive about gentrification (and my complicity/centrality to it)… But I’m starting to think: maybe it’s just a really good thing? Why should I feel guilty for wanting to spend $5 on a coffee I am going to enjoy? Why are you so “self-loathing”? It took four installments, or five, or however long we’ve been doing this column. Let me...
Illustration Alisha Amirkhanian Dear Self-Loathing Gentrifier, I recently got into trouble for lumping Puerto Ricans and Dominicans together. I felt bad at the time, but then, later, I wish I’d retorted something along the lines of “Can you tell if I’m Scottish, Irish, or English? Which island DO I COME FROM?” Don’t you think that would’ve been good? –Island Native in Bushwick Oh, that would have been fantastic. You really would have zinged them back. Wow. It’s hard...

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