Rita Konig gets FAN MAIL.. Second reader comment is, well... just read it.
I love gentrification. I am just going to say it. That doesn't mean that being for a little upgrade in the 'hood means that all tenants should be foreced out. Smart developers will keep interesting people, artists, shops around otherwise it will just become mall-ified city neighborhoods. Nevertheless, Pearl District in Portland is a good example. Some auto-body shops were forced to move due to high rents. Honestly, so what. They probably moved to the eastside, which is fine. Homes weren't razed. But then there are douchebaggy versions of gentrification like Pike/Pine in the Seattle neighborhood of Capitol Hill. Cool bars and dive-y hipster institutions like the Cha Cha lounge are gone and being replaced by ugly condos. They very "coolness" these developers sold the buyers on are the things those streets are starting to lose. Lame.
Georgetown in Seattle... that is where MY money is.
Thanks you-know-who for sending the link to me.