Thursday, September 11, 2008

#18 Gentrification

If you ask Dave what he thinks about gentrification, he might give you a spiel about how it raises property taxes and pushes families out of their homes. (His roommates agree.)

But Dave likes places with cheap rent and reputations for being 'dangerous.' In the past three years, he's lived somewhere sketchy in Chicago, East Oltorf, and now the no-white-man's land near Springdale.

Yeah, Dave likes living on the edge ... of Austin, going east. On the surface, it might seem like gentrification, but he probably makes less money than his neighbors and his house is not exactly, well, worth enough to affect property tax.

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