Brooklyn Gentrification Traced to Hungry, Picky People

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A message as succinct and bracing as a palate-cleansing sorbet.

The desire for fresh almond croissants and artisanal pizza is what's driving Brooklyn gentrification, the Brooklyn Paper claims.

Citing places like Roberta's, the Farm on Adderley, and K-Dog and Dunebuggy in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, the paper posits that foodies are the new artists, transforming landscapes littered by Chinese and West Indian takeout with amber-hued coffee shops and carefully disheveled bistros. Although the article mentions the precedent-setting example of "pioneer" Bread Stuy, which opened in Bed-Stuy in 2004, it curiously neglects any reference to earlier examples in Williamsburg, where appetite-driven gentrification arguably got its start when Oznot's Dish opened in 1993. According to a sociologist interviewed for the story, "food is the new art in the urban cultural experience," meaning that there's nothing developers love more than the smell of Stumptown in the morning.

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