Like most of the west of Brooklyn, Clinton Hill is going through an economic and developmental interest. I say “interest,” because when big money decides it wants something, it generally gets it. Clinton Hill is a neighborhood that used to be a drug and crime haven. Now that big money has taken interest in the area, the drugs and crime are fading away, new stores are coming in, and it is becoming a new and bright area. This comes at a cost for long-time residents, who will soon face the hard choices that are happening to a lot of Brooklynites these days.
The improvements are welcomed, and people do not deny it. Safer streets, cleaner streets and better schools are a dream, especially considering how far they have come. Yet, what happens when the stores are so expensive you cannot shop in them? When you have to travel out of your neighborhood for food? When the rent that used to be $600 dollars a month goes up to $2,500? As development and improvements continue, the cost of living rises for that area, pushing people who have lived there for years out. No one wants to be forced to leave, but in this capitalistic society, money talks. And money is talking very loudly in parts of Brooklyn.
The new Clinton Hill residents love the area, as they should. I’m not saying that the old area was bad, but Brooklyn is very diverse in its ways. Every area is different, and every area has its own culture. When you take out the old, and bring in the new and unfamiliar, you change the culture, you change the way. Now, taking out crime is always a plus, but changing the entire culture of an area is wrong. Hopefully some of the culture will remain, but that is wishful thinking.