A Cultural, Social, And Economic Transformation

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Over the years, Bensonhurst has encountered a lot of drastic, significant changes in regards to its historical authenticity. The physical layout and social construct have been convoluted and molded into a new kind of authenticity. Thus, leading to the neighborhood’s transformation from “Little Italy of Brooklyn” to “Brooklyn’s Second Chinatown.” The inevitable metamorphosis occurred due to gentrification and reurbanization, which subsequently led to new residents, changes in the physical and social layout, and commercial buildings. Eventually, the aesthetic tastes of the new residents became dominant and altered the culture of the urban place. Unsurprisingly and evidently, Bensonhurst has undergone a cultural, social, and economic transformation. Essentially, to determine the full extent of the changes and the impact of those attributes on my neighborhood, I interviewed my mother, aunt, and neighbor. Particularly, I was intrigued to learn about their situation and sentiments regarding Bensonhurst. I wanted to receive some insight on the influence of gentrification and reurbanization on its residents through their eyes. Most importantly, the main focus was on the soul of the urban place to understand the death and life of an authentic urban place. Bensonhurst has experienced a significant amount of changes over the years. A lot of the changes have become permanent aspects of the neighborhood. The former, historical authenticity has become rewritten by the new authenticity
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