This week, New York magazine ran an article subtitled, “The Degentrification of Red Hook”.

Basically, it comes down to this. There is a neighborhood within the New York City borough of Brooklyn called Red Hook.

A couple years ago, there was a mild up-tick in interest in the neighborhood. Everyone interested in real estate

Including Barbara Corcoran, who bought in the area and then trumpeted its appeal on national TV.

Well …

Fast forward two years and what do we find?

Not much has changed.

Empty storefronts, empty lots, etc., etc., etc.

Funny how a slower real estate market does that sort of thing.

Which made me wonder …

dotHow’s Dorchester doing?

The neighborhood of 50,000 residents (an estimate), it is full of three-decker homes, a lot of commercial and light industry, and a melting pot of residents including Hispanic, Vietnamese, etc. It used to be more Irish.

Many three-decker homes were converted into condos over the past half-decade. Things looked good. A higher-income population was moving in, which led to renovations of old housing and an increase in street-life and stores and shops.

Yet, now, things might look a little different.

I’d love to hear from people who actually live there or work there or spend a lot of time there.


Where does Dorchester stand, today?

More: The Embers of Gentrification – # By Adam Sternbergh, New York magazine

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Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

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For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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