Spike Lee is really upset about gentrification. When asked last night at Pratt about recent articles in the Times and New York (the latter asks Is Gentrification All Bad?), Lee had plenty to say. You know it’s going to get tense when he opens with “Let me just kill you right now.” Highlights below:
On white moms in gentrified nabes:
Here’s the thing: I grew up here in Fort Greene. I grew up here in New York. It’s changed. And why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the south Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Crown Heights for the facilities to get better? The garbage wasn’t picked up every motherfuckin’ day when I was living in 165 Washington Park. P.S. 20 was not good. P.S. 11. Rothschild 294. The police weren’t around. When you see white mothers pushing their babies in strollers, three o’clock in the morning on 125th Street, that must tell you something.
On hipsters and people not being able to afford rent: [Read more…]