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Hip-hop vs. Gentrification

Hip-hop vs. Gentrification
Rich folks. They like to buy things. And then tear them down to build pricey apartments surrounded by Starbucks coffee shops.
And now they're taking aim at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx. After DJ Kool Herc's family moved into the apartment building located there back in the early 1970s, he began to, well, invent hip-hop downstairs in the rec room.
So for Herc, and likely many other folks who were involved in that scene, the building holds a big piece of history. The owners of the building, who currently receive government subsidies to keep the rents affordable have decided to opt out of that program, likely so that they can demand higher rents on the open market, and/or tear it down to build pricey apartments surrounded by Starbucks coffee shops.
The building's current residents are capitalizing on Herc's acheivements there, battling to get the building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which would both preserve a piece of hip-hop history and protect them from being booted from their homes.
Hip-hop meets social cause, fights for good. Remember those days?
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