ERICA MCDONALD Photographer
In 1890 Park Slope was the wealthiest community in America. It was hailed for its ferry service to Manhattan and for its Victorian mansions which lined Prospect Park. During the 1950s Park Slope became a working class neighborhood when many of the wealthier and middle class families were lured away to the suburbs. Though many who stayed in Park Slope remember it fondly as an area of tightly knit families with shared values, by the late 1970s the area was neglected and experiencing widespread blight. A wave of gentrification came by the 1990s when there was an influx of young professionals from Manhattan seeking lower rents, space and convenience to the city. For years after, the area sustained and even thrived on the racial and class diversity, but as Park Slope has continued to draw the affluent, the cultural and financial discrepancies between the old and the new have left many lifetime residents like Joe on unsteady ground and in unfamiliar territory.
In 1890 Park Slope was the wealthiest community in America. It was hailed for its ferry service to Manhattan and for its Victorian mansions which lined Prospect Park. During the 1950s Park Slope became a working class neighborhood when many of the wealthier and middle class families were lured away to the suburbs. Though many who stayed in Park Slope remember it fondly as an area of tightly knit families with shared values, by the late 1970s the area was neglected and experiencing widespread blight.

A wave of gentrification came by the 1990s when there was an influx of young professionals from Manhattan seeking lower rents, space and convenience to the city. For years after, the area sustained and even thrived on the racial and class diversity, but as Park Slope has continued to draw the affluent, the cultural and financial discrepancies between the old and the new have left many lifetime residents like Joe on unsteady ground and in unfamiliar territory.

ERICA MCDONALD Photographer

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