WNYC Explores Disparity Between Residents of Farragut Houses and Lofty Condos

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In the 1950s, Dumbo smelled like chocolate. “This neighborhood always smelled edible,” longtime Farragut Houses resident Anita Ravenell told WNYC, as part of the radio network’s series on segregation in Brooklyn.

WNYC’s deep dive into the fabric of Dumbo used interviews with public housing residents to put the area’s lofty condominiums and six-figure salaries into perspective.

WNYC found that an influx of wealthier residents to the area has simultaneously benefited and marginalized existing communities along the Brooklyn waterfront who do not take for granted either Brooklyn Bridge Park or what they believe to be the sole cause of its creation — white people.

“All lives matter, but some more than others,” local pastor Mark V.C. Taylor of the Church of the Open Door said of the situation.

There’s lots more in WNYC’s reporting, listen below.

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[Source: WNYC | Photo: Will Royal (bottom); Hannah Frishberg (top)]

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