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June 13, 2007

Boombox: race, class and real estate

Atlantic Yards Report

Boombox.jpg Even when it comes to light reading, Norman Oder's summer reading list focuses on stories about gentrification, land use, rapacious developers, etc. (see, "Dark Lady: when it comes to a stadium, follow the money")

Today, the Mad Overkiller reviews "Boombox," a story about race and class, set in pre-House-of-Detention-closing Brownstone Brooklyn:

Thinking about Boombox's central conflict, Grace raises the question, in an unspoken message to her white neighbors, that lingers for anyone--including those exercised about Atlantic Yards--who must pick and choose their issues: “Is this what you choose to get upset about, when just around the corner there is a giant housing project sinking under the weight of poverty and crime and your neglect?… Who is organizing about that?”

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Posted by lumi at June 13, 2007 9:37 AM