Hold On!

Hold Up

Please select a minimum of three sectors in the menu above.

Got It
  • Commercial investors target Crown Heights for gentrification
  • Commercial investors target Crown Heights for gentrification
    Chris Ford, Creative Commons (2013) ©

1000 Dean: faking gentrification in Brooklyn

1000 Dean is the epitome of cool Brooklyn, combining office spaces with an artisanal food and beer hall. But with real estate investors playing a vital role, this hipster hub isn’t another product of community-led gentrification. Can a cool neighbourhood really be created in a matter of months?

Location United States

Coffee shops, artisanal beers, and sourdough pizza are all established hipster hallmarks, and have all helped fuel a race for properties in trendy locales. Gentrification in 2015 looks like a well-blended cocktail of creative professionals housed alongside their favourite brands, and housing developers are harnessing this to create cool neighbourhoods in a matter of months.

While the Williamsburg and Greenpoint districts in Brooklyn have already been upscaled for these new residents, inner parts of the New York borough have been relatively unchanged. But real estate developer BFC Partners and investment bank Goldman Sachs have seized an opportunity to kick-start ...



  • Article image One Santa Fe: building a neighbourhood in an apartment block

    One Santa Fe is an LA-based apartment block of dense housing, but instead of building up, homes are spread across a site that’s a quarter of a mile long. With 25% of Americans not even knowing their neighbours' names, can a 'horizontal skyscraper’ recreate the social bonds of a close-knit community?

  • Dubai builds an arts quarter from scratch Dubai builds an arts quarter from scratch

    Dubai conjures up images of gleaming skyscrapers, ostentation and uncomfortable politics. Keen to soften this image and attract a new kind of visitor, the city is building a ‘design district’ from scratch – complete with boutiques, galleries and art studios.

  • Article image Why are more people retiring to the city?

    “I would rather live in a cupboard in Soho than in a mansion in Surrey,” says 50-year-old Vishnia. Urban retirees are embracing life after work as a chance to learn and explore. And owning 80% of the UK's net personal wealth, they can afford to. But what’s driving them to the city?

  • What Soho could look like without the sex What Soho could look like without the sex

    Walker’s Court in Soho still has a seedy, Dickensian charm and red lights in the windows. But a new development is set to change all that. Soho Estates are pushing the prostitutes out and bringing the developers in. But will this latest wave of gentrification be welcome?