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Gentrification rides in on city’s comeback; delta disappearing faster than any land on earth

About a year ago, Greg Thyssen and Shakti Belway bought an 1800’s double shotgun in the Treme neighborhood.

One thing they worry about, though, is more people like them moving in.

“I recognize that, on one hand, I am gentrification,” Thyssen said, “but on the other hand, I’m against gentrification because I don’t want this neighborhood to lose its magic.”

“As in any gentrifying neighborhood, rising property tax bills have put pressure on longtime residents, some of whom remember when values were so low that they paid no property taxes at all. “It’s almost impossible for them to pay,” [Rev. Cornelius] Tilton said. “Their incomes have not increased.”

An upbeat former real estate broker with a Bluetooth device dangling from one ear, Tilton has also noticed other, more subtle changes that have become familiar in the neighborhoods that hug the Mississippi River.

There are fewer children, more single people and childless couples, more whites and more folks from out of town, including a whole crop of newcomers on Tilton’s own block of Constance Street who seemed to have appeared all of a sudden from Chicago.”

[Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas] agreed with many of the IG’s criticisms, particularly concerning the need to develop more detailed policies.

And he said those recommendations will be incorporated into a multimillion-dollar overhaul of the early warning system that is already under way as part of a federal consent decree…

Shouldn’t urban schools equip students with skills to deal with an antagonistic criminal justice system, gang violence and rabid unemployment—in addition to equipping them with knowledge that will get them into college?

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About Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and the Federal Flood he helped create the Rising Tide conference, which grew into an annual social media event dedicated to the future of New Orleans.