Shevin Narine

  • At the start of this semester I gave my analysis of an area I frequent, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (particularly between North 7th and 10th streets between Bedford and Kent Aves). Even back then I could observe a […]

  • Perfectly put with the line “his all is a result and ongoing manifestation of racial matters in our history and exhibits the concept of black pathology, social, and racial separation in America’s criminal justice system. ” The flaws in the criminal justice system continue to exploit and deprave (especially) African Americans to the benefit of t…[Read more]

  • This class really opened my eyes on the full implications of what happened to Eric Garner. While i knew it was incredibly unjust and the officer in question should’ve been indicted (in my view anyway), this class helped me to understand that it was a result of a failed Broken Windows policy (as Raiaan pointed out). Situations like these really…[Read more]

  • A very prevalent issue in New York is the privatization of our sidewalks. Sidewalks are for everyone, or at least they are supposed to be. It is quite often to walk a sidewalk in Manhattan (or many parts of […]

    • As much as I agree with the sentiment here, Shevin, the sad reality that neo-liberalism and capitalism will always take precedent over the well-being, health, and opportunities of the people. To the business owners of these places, this is just about making money and making their customers happy. They don’t care that this causes traffic or the safety of pedestrians. Unless there’s a change in mindset of American business people or the system in general, this system will prevail and making money will always be the end goal.

    • Going off of what Shannan mentioned, the social and cultural values of the city have definitely changed due to neoliberalism. It’s no longer about what residents and local commuters need. It’s always about catering to the capitalist and profitable side of things. Thinking back on the Peter Eisigner article read in class, he mentions that the imbalance in priorities that exists when catering to the middle class. This imbalance then leads to distrust and resentment in communities against authorities who are not taking their concerns into consideration. This also relates to what you said about the dynamic of public space that is now disrupted as there is growing discontent in communities as people are forced to deal with congested space and lack of pure interaction.

    • Shevin, your blog clearly conveys how privatization and gentrification takes place in this form of public space. By limiting the resources and areas for residents to even walk on, while expanding restaurants and other businesses that mostly wealthy individuals can afford to pay for. This drives away homeless individuals who may just want to rest on the sidewalk for a while, wholly restricts the social and safety privileges of individuals who live in the neighborhoods, and lessens the cultural value of the neighborhood as such restaurants are built in areas where wealthy people living outside of those neighborhoods can afford to eat in overly priced eateries. Rather than using their money to benefit the social and cultural lives and well-being of individuals living in these ‘limiting public space/gentrified’ neighborhoods, businesses are just financially benefitting themselves by exaggerating the fancy settings and foods that only a few people can actually afford to eat.

    • after reading the blog, I agree with you said “Sidewalks are for everyone, or at least they are supposed to be”, because I went to over there before, the tables and chairs set up the outdoor of restaurants. I saw that the sidewalks were crowded, especially at lunchtime. But with the privatization of public places, there are some safety problems exists. such as traffic jam, sidewalks jam and safety risks. the truth is lots business does not care about safety problems, they just want to make more money.

    • With all this process of gentrification, public space and the privatization of it have become a real issue. The thing is that privatization of this space is not only bringing attraction for tourists and outsiders, but as its bringing people from the outside it is also pushing out the people that live around these communities, like you mentioned Crown Heights, Bushwick and Williamsburg, and eventually basic needs that everyone deserves like public space is not so public anymore, because access to it becomes more difficult. Sidewalks should be for everyone, it is so basic that most of us don’t even think about it, but we must realize how important it is for everyone, fortunate and less fortunate.

  • Shevin Narine commented on the page, on the site Urban Studies 101 4 years ago

    “Perhaps they don’t realize it, or maybe they do, but it’s a watered-down form of ethnic cleansing, or in this case it’s class-cleansing”
    A harsh but unfortunately quite true statement that i feels stands out in your writing. The government’s lack of renovation and investment into low-income neighborhoods has been a driving factor in the creat…[Read more]

  • Wealth is often confused as the amount of money someone earns for their work. This is in fact, income. Wealth is the measurable value of all the assets someone owns and/or controls and their debts subtracted from […]

  • Poverty is often thought of as the personal failings of an individual, however economic evidence has shown that is rather the failure of the economic and social systems that hold society together. Poverty as […]

  • The Arab spring was a collection of political uprisings that took place in parts of Northern Africa and the Middle East. It was a result of the culmination of the frustration of people with their current […]

  • Elsinger’s point is that (and he uses some data to back it up) most of these projects benefit the out of towners. He makes a great point that the entertainment expansion of NYC after the financial crisis was done in order to bring most of the middle-class that fled back into the city as tourists (sources of money too). I do agree with your point…[Read more]

  • Your addition of data on how sporting sites fail to adequately generate jobs in the district is very well placed. From personal experience i’ve also seen that some stadiums can become dormant and ultimately wasted in the years after the major sporting events they hold. That is a lot of federal funding wasted.

  • This week’s crowd-source contained many detailed readings about the phenomenon that is income inequality. Through the readings it is evident that income inequality is created mainly through discrimination. Explaining the forms of discrimination shows how the readings are tied together. The first form is not necessarily a type of discrimination…[Read more]

  • A walk around New York City probably ranks as one of, if not the absolute, the most diverse walks a person will ever take in their life.  This city of almost nine million people can be thought of as a melting pot […]

  • Sara’s explanation of the three theories presented early on the chapter and her explanation of the two extremes and the more generally accepted theory meshes will with Goldsmith’s and Blakely’s narrative. The poor simply do not have the option of waking up and day and deciding they do not want to be poor anymore. The poor become very separated and…[Read more]

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