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Phase 1

There are six stages of gentrification. Since working in Bushwick, Brooklyn, only a few blocks from where my mother grew up, I have become very aware of how rapid gentrification can happen. I began this project as a way to explore gentrification’s effects on communities of color and what happens to a community culture over time and change. The project has evolved and slowed down, so that I see it now mimicking the stages of gentrification. Phase 1 of the project is about myself and mapping the changes in my home and trying to document how it has affected me personally. I am looking at gentrification in Ridgewood, Queens, specifically, and dissecting it on an individual scale. The project is ongoing and hopes to grow to reflect other New Yorker’s experiences with the cities changes.