Last week, a list of the census tracts with the highest level of in-migration of white people was going around. Steve Sailer posted a list here.
DC has three zip codes on the list. The first is (I’m pretty sure) Megan McArdle’s neighborhood – the one she moved to because she likes diversity and the one in which Yglesias got beat up on his way home from a party at McArdle’s.
Anyway, there are also four Brooklyn neighborhoods on the list. In light of this fact, it’s fun to re-read this older post from Sailer.
Basically, he notes that the stuff that gentrifiers (i.e. hipsters – the sort of white person that moves close to diversity) like appeals to an amazingly non-diverse audience. Why is that trendy, politically-correct white people who move to diverse neighborhoods seem to be bending over backwards to spend all their time in places that seem to be bending over backwards to cater to non-diverse clientele? I’m not smart enough to figure it out, but maybe someone can.
In the areas gentrifying around me, the businesses generally skip the early stages of development. For example, you don’t open a dive bar in a gentrifying neighborhood, you open a gastro pub that only serves micro brews from your favorite obscure geographic location. You don’t open a new apartment building with lots of efficiency rooms, you open luxury condos with all sorts of costly amenities. I also can’t figure this out.
It’s just all so mysterious.