Tuesday, February 26, 2008

white people LOVE gentrification...


...including this white person.

I found a funny blog today, Stuff White People Like, categorically documenting all the things we crazy white people love. Being a white person, it's almost painful to read and yet so true.
This post about gentrification (#73) rang very true, given the house endeavor Alice and I are starting:

In general, white people love situations where they can’t lose. While this does account for the majority of their situations, perhaps the safest bet a white person can make is to buy a house in an up-and-coming neighborhood.

White people like to live in these neighborhoods because they get credibility and respect from other white people for living in a more “authentic” neighborhood where they are exposed to “true culture” every day. So whenever their friends mention their home in the suburbs or richer urban area, these people can say “oh, it’s so boring out there, so fake. In our neighborhood, things are just more real.” This superiority is important as white people jockey for position in their circle of friends.

They are like a modern day Lewis and Clark, except instead of searching for the ocean, they are searching for old properties to renovate.

In a few years, if more white people start moving in, these initial trailblazers will sell their property for triple what they paid and move into an ultramodern home.

Credibility or money, they can’t lose!

As many of you know, Alice and I are finishing a house in the Mechanicsville this spring. Pretty soon I'll be posting progress pictures at my blog.

Every time someone says to me, "Isn't that neighborhood kinda rough? I don't know if I could live there" my ego inflates a little. I think about them, "Of course you couldn't. But that's how real we are. You know, the nitty gritty of real life." I need to punch myself in the face.

9 comments:

Shauna said...

According to the blog, white people also enjoy architecture, arrested development, and apple products. Zing!

ck said...

hat tip to you shauna, for directing me the white people blog.
btw you need to reconsider the job thing- it's a fair deal, you should go for it.

ck said...

zing taken! this blog calls me out on so many levels.
i also (like many white people) like:
studying abroad
standing still at concerts
recycling
bicycles
japan
kitchen gadgets
dogs
irony
grocery co-ops
public radio
sushi
indie music
renovations
snowboarding
80s nights

the list goes on...

Joe Ossenmacher-Bedford said...

Interesting! Apparently, I'm not white! Who knew? ;-)

Mickey said...

You're hardcore, ck. Hardcore blanco.

Joe- You can turn in your membership card to the receptionist out front.

Anonymous said...

white people love to blog

ck said...

i know!
it's a strange obsession, these publish your diary instantly open to the world web logs. we waste so much time on them.

stan said...

or how about: "white people love self-deprecating humor?"

that website is hilarious.

Anonymous said...

White people love to push the struggling working class out of their own neighborhoods? It is happening all over, and I wouldn't exactly call it just a cute quirk.