Spike Lee talks about his landmark film “Do the Right Thing”

My personal favorite quote: (amen!)

How has Bed-Stuy changed in the last 25 years?


“It’s gentrified now. So is Fort Greene, my neighborhood in Brooklyn where I grew up, so is Williamsburg, so is Bushwick, so is Harlem, so is the South Bronx, so is Brixton in London, so is D.C. — it’s happening all over. I just find it funny that when gentrifiers move to a neighborhood, all of a sudden, services get better and better. Better sanitation, better public schools, more police presence. And the thing that people never really talk about is where do people go in historically neighborhoods of color when the landlord has raised the rent? They get pushed out. It’s not just a problem for people of color. New York City has just gotten so expensive: I don’t care who you are, there’s not enough affordable living. And it’s a detriment to the city if only people who have money can live here. That’s going to make New York City a very boring place.


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