My Hometown Roma Town Analysis

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Being born and raid in New York City, I can proudly, and biasedly say, that NYC is the best city in the world. The fast pace and the discord of NYC is in my blood and quite honestly, something I doubt I’ll be able to live without. One of the best aspects of being from NYC is all the wonderful sights we are given a chance to admire. From Times Square, to Coney Island, NYC is full of eye candy.
Despite the advanced public transportation system (that’ll still get me to class twenty minutes late), odds are I end up walking a majority of the time. This in my opinion is one of the best parts about being in The Big Apple. No matter where I am within NYC, there is always something that catches my eye. Walking down 5th Avenue, I see elaborate window
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In “M”, Benjamin states that, “With each step, the walk takes on greater momentum; ever weaker grow the temptations of shops, of bistros, of smiling women, ever more irresistible the magnetism of the next street corner, of a distant mass of foliage, of a street name.” If there was a description of NYC, this would surely be it, save for the “distant mass of foliage”. NYC is the mecca of shopping, with stores that are larger than actual malls. I spend hours, and sometimes days finding clothes. With so many different locations to shop in, all offering different styles, shopping in the city is arduous yet enjoyable. Stealing my attention away from the store windows are a multitude of beautiful women who walk down the same street as me. Perhaps more than anything, New York’s streets are famous in their own right. People from all around the world are aware of the spectacular shows that take place on Broadway. We all know about the stock exchange and the large amounts of money that are traded everyday on Wall Street. Certain streets hold a huge significance for native New Yorkers. I remember walking down Fulton Street in Brooklyn with my friend after school, watching fights break. There are certain NYC streets, no matter what borough you live in, connotes nostalgic feelings and bring up old …show more content…
They no longer feel at home there, and start to become conscious of the inhuman character of the metropolis”. In New York’s case, gentrification serves as a huge problem for many minorities and even for the neighborhoods themselves. On a cultural level, gentrification drives out the old identity of the neighborhood, and replaces it with one that is rather shallow. For instance, many small businesses that have become iconic in their neighborhood (restaurants, barber shops, etc…) are forced to close down due to not being able to pay rent, or new customers who aren’t interested in their services. The largest issue with gentrification is displacement. Due to the increases in rent when the property value goes up, many people, primarily minorities, are unable to afford the houses they once lived at. In many instances, a person who has spent decades in one location and raised his/her family in that same house is uprooted from the place they once called home. When walking around neighborhoods that have changed to gentrification, I always feel uneasy. Neighborhoods that I once felt familiar with have a completely different feel to it, something I personally think is

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