Meet Adelaida Perez

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Adelaida recounts living with her family during the 50's at 32 Seigel Street in South Williamsburg. She says the type of building she lived in no longer exists in Williamsburg.

 

South Williamsburg, along with other Brooklyn neighborhoods, like Park Slope (which resides slightly south of Williamsburg), is a prime example of Glass’s vision of gentrification. The process of gentrification is a complicated one, often expedited by government legislation and zoning laws, though, in the case of South Williamsburg, the outcome is not. Many residents of South Williamsburg have been displaced as a result of grand-scale gentrification, although the particular reasons vary from person to person. All too often in discourse regarding gentrification, however, the focus lies on numbers or emblems of gentrification, like statistics that show the demographical changes of a neighborhood, or when the first Starbucks arrived in said neighborhood. This is not to say that those facets of gentrification are not worthy of discussion. However, it is to say that the implication of that dominance of dialogue is that the voices of the individuals who experience gentrification first-hand are often lost in the mix. For this very reason, I was extremely happy to sit down with Adelaida Peréz on April 13th to interview her about her life in South Williamsburg, and what gentrification means to her.

 

Meet Adelaida Perez