THIS HIPSTER COFFEE HOUSE WAS ONCE A HOME.
The truth is that somebody used to live here.
This hipster coffee house was once a home.
The espresso bar sits where dad drank beer.
Black coffee’s now soy lattes with no foam.
That Starbucks used to be a laundromat,
And that real-estate office was a bar.
That Air B & Bs used to be three flats.
Boston’s Beef levelled for a lot for cars.
Artists’ lofts reuse long-closed factories,
And suburbanites claim urban zip codes.
While caged birds sing in penitentiaries,
Family homes are bought for taxes owed.
Gentrifiers re-imagine places
In their own image- but they’re not racist.
HOUSING CHOICE IS NOT A CHOICE
Middle class supplanted working class
Residents and their impoverished ilk.
Planned obsolescence of the “ghetto pass”
Is like a blunt object wrapped up in silk:
You see it coming, but it’s so pretty,
You’re mesmerized… until that fatal thump!
That’s the “circle of life” in the city:
Up-and-coming neighborhoods rise from slums.
Mixed-income neighborhoods… act as “buffers.”
The “golden rule” is often mis-stated.
The point is not “doing unto others”
As much as how one’s credit is rated.
For poor folk, “housing choice” is not a choice
Because power only hears money’s voice.