The NYC Marathon, Vehicle for Gentrification
November 7, 2011
Image via BikeSnobNYC.
This past weekend, millions of the lazier breed of New Yorker smugly enjoyed the yearly sight of their sweat-drenched peers traversing the city, in that annual phenomenon known as the New York Marathon. The Marathon, which is a sight to behold if you haven’t had the chance, actually has a pretty interesting legacy, paralleling the transformation of the neighborhoods it’s cut through over the last forty years. The New York Times has a great little animation and data visualization of how the route of the 26.2-mile run has changed since 1976 (the first year the Marathon reached all the buroughs), and how the demographics of each neighborhood has changed with the route – for better or worse.
Rather than synthesizing the accompanying trend piece for you, we think it’s funnier to just list a few of the descriptors used to paint a picture of gentrification in New York, circa 2011:
- Buddy Holly glasses
- Experimental rock band
- $18 a six-pack
- 19th-century cast-iron pot holders
- black-white flip-flop
- An acting teacher at Yale’s drama school
- Chardonnay from stemless glasses
- alcohol-free perfume
You can go take a look at the great infographics here.