Originally Posted by kasper007
Not that I disagree with what you guys were saying related to gentrification, but it does have some benefits. Before Whole Foods came to the city and Fairway was bought by a sponsor and expanded, you had to buy your groceries at the likes of D'Agostino and Food Emporium which was (and still is) a pretty sad experience.
This is partly true (depending on your neighborhood). There were/are a handful of places (Fairway, A&V, Garden of Eden, Gourmet Garage, etc.) that bridged the gap nicely. No one is arguing that some improvement in the grocery scene is a bad thing (although there are WF haters) - it is the umpteen Starbucks, Duane Reades, WaWas, 7-11s, etc that are replacing still vibrant & viable businesses who cannot afford the 10X rent increase.