My Brooklyn is an eye opener documentary that centers on the aspectof gentrification. The documentary starts when the director, AndersonKelly migrates to Brooklyn after by attracted by the cheap rent, aswell as the unconventional culture of the city. However, Kelly was tolater learn of gentrification where the city is zoned and newprestigious houses started to be constructed. The influx of wealthypeople to the city forced the indigenous people out since they couldcope with the new form of life. Kelly’s neighborhood is altered bythe development of prestigious real estates. There is also thedevelopment of shopping for the wealthy. This raised the question ofwho deserves to live in that neighborhood.
The process of demolishing or redeveloping Fulton Street Mall is atthe center of this documentary. This mall is was to be demolishedsince it did not qualify to serve the upper class of people who werestarting to live in the neighborhood. The documentary shows how thepoor are duped into the idea that change is good and are laterdisplaced by the upper class. The documentary places the blame ofgentrification on poor public policies since they allow zoning toaccommodate the upper class at the expense of the poor who are moreoften than not displaced. It is also vita to point out that thedocumentary blames the problem of gentrification on class rather thanrace. The documentary presents the changes that a city goes throughand the displacement that is brought forth to the lower class as aresult of an influx of the upper class.
The documentary is an eye opener to a vast majority of viewers. Itshows the evils of gentrification and the failed policies that areadopted by some governments.