I noticed this article floating around two weeks ago: Several of my friends shared on Facebook. Buzzfeed encapsulates Nashville’s growth in recent years, partially due to bachlorette parties. It’s a lengthy read, but I appreciate the close attention to detail. Gentrification didn’t happen overnight, so it’s a lot to explain.
A lot of people asked, what’s the problem? What’s the problem with a city improving its circumstances? To which I respond, it’s to the detriment of our impoverished communities. They’re being priced out; don’t think it can’t happen to you.
I noticed some people missed the point completely. “But I like having new places to eat”, one person whined on Facebook. “Why do people have to be such debbie downers about the growth?”, another complained. I didn’t know either of them, but clicked on the second woman’s profile out of curiosity. There she was, decked out in typical Nashville attire: A short sundress with cowgirl boots and a blowout. Her profile indicated she’s from Savannah and moved to Nashville in 2016. I roll my eyes, and moved along.
I could spend all day detailing the problems in Nashville or just share a few links and let you do the reading. In short, the people that made the city great to begin with are being priced out with poor white people and African-Americans bearing the brunt. We need more affordable housing before Nashville becomes another one of those homogenized cities that people lose respect for.
Here’s an article from the New York Times dated December 2014. Steve Haruch is a contributing editor at The Nashville Scene.
Here’s several more articles with additional evidence of the negative effects of gentrification.
I applaud Buzzfeed for actually producing information that wasn’t click bait for once. I’m impressed with their efforts in thoroughly researching the problems and bringing them to light.