Our communities are changing fast. The rent is rising every year. A lot of the low-income residences cannot afford it then move out to look for affordable house. The Berlin’s landlord increases the rent more than 10% above the local average. Moreover, there is a main difference between the old contract and the new contract. The rent on the new contract will be higher than it on the old contract. Although rents are still low compared with other European capitals, Wild says it is vital to keep the city affordable for lower-income residents. “We don’t want a situation like in London or Paris,” said Wild. “The reality in Paris or London is that people with low income have to live in the further-out districts of the city.” (Ruby Russel) Whatever rents are higher or lower than other European capitals, lower-income residents are the important part of the city. Every city is different from others, so comparing with other cities cannot know it is affordable for the low-income residences. It should be decided by based on the specific city’s economy and income. Franklin’s new business owners tend to be well-educated, in their thirties or forties, and proud of letting their personalities speak through their establishments. Many live in the neighborhood.(Rotondaro) Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, was changed a lot. Many long-term residences moved out, but many new moved in. Many of them started new businesses to start their new lives and also changed the community.


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Assignment 4-8, Commummity Development/Gentrification


  1. I strongly agree that our communities are changing. I think change is inevitable everywhere, but what makes a change in a community significant is how it changes. The biggest change that happens in most communities is the rise in rent. The rises in rent push out the lower income people and make room for the higher income people. The higher income people put a lot more money into the community and leads to even more changes throughout the community, including changes in homes and businesses. More change in the community can have both positive and negative effects. More higher income people living in that area will lead to more money going into businesses, but the lesser income families are forced out of these neighborhoods because the rent is made unaffordable. It is a very valid point that every city is different and it is true that “home affordability” should be “based on the specific city’s economy and income.” By doing this, they will not be neglecting the poor as they have been by raising rent.

  2. I definitely agree with Andrea’s point of view that the “biggest change that happens… is the rise in rent”, but I do think that other factor could also be considered. If an individual has a tight budget then they would look for a neighborhood with housing that they would call affordable and since “affordability” is totally relative and based on income, background, and perspective, this definition changes from person to person. But if for example, this building is not located near public transportation and if this person requires public transportation to get to work, then this individual might not find it beneficial to live in this part of town regardless of the cost of rent. There are many other contributions to what makes a certain city or community affordable but the main and more significant one is and will always be rent and housing.

  3. Our community is definitely changing fast, especially in major cities. The rise in rent is due to businesses moving in to urban areas which increase in property rent. This definitely widens the gap between the rich and poor segregating neighborhoods into indifferent areas to who can afford to live there or not. I agree every city should have affordability housing plans adjusted to ones income. But I feel like the government should have better ways to fix and promote good living standards. This way public housing won’t be a necessity.

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