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At first glance, the Queens Center Mall is no different from any mall you’d find in any suburb in the country. There’s an H&M, an Applebee’s, and kiosk workers baiting you with hair straighteners. Escalators gently glide up and down, connecting wide hallways interspersed with families and teenagers. There’s a gentle echo and general sense of warm, fluorescent well-being. But starting in 2009, this mall, owned by the Macerich Company, was the site of a...
On Wednesday about 150 demonstrators gathered on the south side of Bushwick. The marchers included local residents, along with community activists (from organizations like Make The Road, Los Sures, and St. Nicks Alliance) and high school kids with banners demanding access to affordable housing. But on Tuesday morning, Brooklyn Paper published an article which labeled the public action an "anti-gentrification rally." Unfortunately the term "anti-gentrification"  frames the issue of affordable housing as one that can be examined through...

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