Why Do Progressives Hate Real Progress..?

When construction on New York City’s famous High Line began in 2006, the project to turn a remnant of the industrial age into a post-industrial garden and tourist attraction appeared innovative, but potentially very risky.

Indeed so. And now it’s a fantastic success and everyone is happ…

Oh. I forgot. Of course, they aren’t:

In fact, having finally opened in 2009, the High Line is now suffering from its own success: with more than 5 million estimated visitors to the site each year, this greening initiative has managed to transform the entire socio-economic character of the neighbourhood that surrounds it. Many small businesses and moderate-income residents have been forced to relocate due to rising land values, while even those who can afford it have begun to experience the downsides of living or working in an area that panders to tourists.

How awful! A downtrodden, disused section of the city has been made into a popular area! Oh, calamity!

The High Line is thus a perfect example of “environmental gentrification” – the growing phenomenon of rising property values in the wake of a large-scale urban greening project.

These people are insane. Utterly insane. Yes, property prices rose – because the project worked and things have got better. So isn’t that what we’d expect to happen? Even want to happen?

Over the past few years, a new trend has emerged in direct response to the problem of eco-gentrification. I will label it “conscious anti-gentrification” . This kind of greening project aims to increase the environmental quality and public health of a neighbourhood but without changing its socio-economic character. This is done by explicitly rejecting elements that tend to lead to gentrification, such as fancy waterfronts; by including neighbourhood residents in the planning process; and by implementing changes gradually.

Maybe ‘changing its socio-economic character’ is what causes the upturn, and not the pretty trees and flowers? Have you ever considered that?

Across the Atlantic in Berlin, another example of conscious anti-gentrification is emerging. It involves the redevelopment of the former Tempelhof airport, located in the popular neighbourhoods of Kreuzberg and Neukölln. Once one of the largest airports in Europe, Tempelhof re-opened as a public park in 2008. Originally the park was going to be designed by a group of internationally renowned architects, and a recent plan for its redevelopment included the creation of 4,700 new residences as well as shopping amenities. Fearing the socio-economic changes that often accompany such development projects, however, Berliners rejected this plan in a referendum in spring 2014, and its future remains open.

And so now nothing’s being built there, and….this is considered some sort of success?


6 comments for “Why Do Progressives Hate Real Progress..?

  1. May 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    The judicious placement of a trailer park or a meadow for ‘Roma’ to park their horses and caravans, and bit & pieces, would be ‘progress’. Mind you the local cohort of thieves and con artistes would very likely complain. No pleasing some people.

  2. john in cheshire
    May 12, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Normal people try to emulate success; in this case, in other rundown areas, perhaps. Socialists destroy success. It must be a mental condition because they are never satisfied, with anything. If as you describe, an area is rundown they complain; if it is refurbished and made desirable, they complain. They complain about everything; for example, if people have worked to accumulate wealth, they complain that they shouldn’t have it and want to take it off them, only to complain when the victims object to having their wealth stolen. I can’t fathom what goes on in their minds and I’m just pleased I haven’t been afflicted with whatever it is that they’ve caught. The companions of this complaining are always verbal abuse and threats of violence. You just have to see what they did to the War Memorial in London for a clear demonstration of their derangement.

  3. Greg Tingey
    May 12, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Maybe the Berliners, just wanted, you know – a PARK.
    Nothing wrong with that, I think.

  4. Errol
    May 12, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    It’s very simple: if you improve an area and everyone living there gets richer, happier and better off, they stop supporting tax and waste moronic policies. They start *thinking* because they’ve more leisure time.

    In short, they stop being the supporters the ‘progressives’ want. The Left doesn’t want people to think or to be happy, richer or better off. It just wants to complain about them to gather more power to for themselves through big state.

    • May 13, 2015 at 6:34 am

      Admin: I would like to give Errols assessment 100 ‘likes’, but there is no facility for this. He’s nailed it of course. ‘Progressive’ policies in no way support progress because the only progress ‘Progressives’ want is towards unlimited power for themselves.

  5. Furor Teutonicus
    May 13, 2015 at 8:36 am

    XX Berliners rejected this plan in a referendum in spring 2014, and its future remains open.

    And so now nothing’s being built there, and….this is considered some sort of success?XX

    You BET it is a fucking success, darling!

    We saw these planned houses. Affordable my fuckin ARSE!

    As it is, hundreds of thousands of people use this area for recreational purposes every week. Especially during the summer.

    From Joggers (Dick heads) to Bike riders (Spastic brained dick heads) to radio controlled model clubs, ameteure football teams, these wind roller board things, Kite flyers, and grill partys LITERALY by the thousand.

    YES it WAS a fucking siccess to screw the bastards in the Seanat that wanted to make a couple of million out of it and then piss off to the Seychelles, or wherever.

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