The 5 Best Long-Reads on the Battles Being Fought in American Neighborhoods

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July 13, 2019 12:37 pm
The 5 Best Long-Reads on the Battles Being Fought in American Neighborhoods

This might sound like it was pulled straight from the talking points of one of the dozens of people currently running for President (it is not), but one of the most inspiring things about America is that we’re all way more alike than we are different. The same can be said about our neighborhoods, and the many battles they face from forces both internal and external. After reading The Cut’s fly-on-the-wall look at the inner workings of a posh Brooklyn neighborhood and its comparatively trivial conflict, we took a look at a few more deep dives into what communities across America are currently facing: everything from suburban migration and climate change to gerrymandering and gentrification. 

Rich v. Rich
What happens when the traditionally rich of Brooklyn Heights — your lawyers, Wall Street whatevers — are forced to share their exclusive preschool with the newly rich influencers and fashion elites? Anarchy, mostly, all there for our reading pleasure thanks to The Cut’s Jessica Pressler.

Suburban swarm
In some less affluent neighborhoods across the country, like Nolensville, Tenn., millennials priced out of the big cities are taking their salaries to the burbs — to the utter agony of those who already live there, writes Valerie Bauerlein for The Wall Street Journal.

Under constant threat
The few California neighborhoods affected by last week’s earthquakes currently have Mother Nature on the brain, but what about the far, far greater number of coastal Golden State cities and towns along its massive coast? Rosanna Xia and The Los Angeles Times are here to remind us that climate change and rising seas are still coming for them.  

Giving in to the dark side
While parties on both sides of the aisle like to point fingers in either direction on the issue of gerrymandering, Democrats are historically louder and, uh, pointier. But, instead, what if they just embraced the shitty tactic that’s worked for the opposition time and time again, and drew ridiculous voting districts straight through neighborhoods? Eric Levitz at Intelligencer explored the issue.

Moving on in
Gentrification — we all know what it means from afar. A richer, typically whiter, crowd moves into a poorer community, usually of color. But aside from jacking up real estate prices and the general cost of living, the act of gentrifying a neighborhood means stripping it of the culture that identified it for generations, The New York Times’ Emily Badger reported from downtown Raleigh.

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