Google Street View Offers a Glimpse at the Incredible Rate of Gentrification in Brooklyn


We told you to expect a wave of interesting “then and now” series when Google first integrated the ‘time-machine’ feature into Street View, and that prophesy is starting to come true.

A couple of weeks ago we showed you GooBing Detroit, a Tumblog that tracked the demise of Detroit in Street View images. And today, Gizmodo published a fascinating look at the rapid pace of gentrification that has transformed several areas of Brooklyn.

All of the before-and-afters put a Street View image from 2007 above one taken just last year. In some cases, the same buildings have been renovated, but for the most part dilapidated structures and graffiti-coated warehouses have been replaced by modern looking apartment buildings where the rent will make your head spin.

Check out the rest of the images by following the link below, and if you like this sort of thing, be sure to check out James and Karla Murray’s series of NY Storefront before-and-afters as well.

Tracking Brooklyn’s Rapid-Fire Gentrification With Google Street View [Gizmodo]

  • 4124234

    i think that´s good…. who needs old warehouses…

  • Carlini Fotograf

    Who Cares? Obviously another day at the Petapixel offices, with nothing of any interest to write about!

  • pgb0517

    Where the rent will make your head spin? Well, Mr. Socialist, if they aren’t viable on the market, the owners will adjust. Would you rather have the “dilapidated structures and graffiti-coated warehouses”? And before you say “rent controls,” maybe check out just how wonderful those have worked out where they’ve been tried. This looks to me like the free market at work to redeem a city. I hope it lasts.

  • dave andrade

    Oh stop it. They have tons to write about. They just post the latest Phlearn video or whatever fstoppers has already posted :)

  • Thomas Sommer

    video games

  • Stan B.

    And before you can shout, “Ayn Rand,” just remember where she went running to when she was sick and dying.

    (Hint: It wasn’t the… free market.)

  • Pickle

    I have mixed feelings towards gentrification. If it’s a perfectly good neighborhood full of older residents who have lived there all their lives in older but dignified homes, then I think it’s wrong to start building mansions around them, raising their taxes, and driving them out of their homes. Not a fan of what Google is doing in SF either.

    On the other hand, I’ve seen plenty of really shoddy neighborhoods full of drug dealers, prostitutes, and gangs in places in the city that are are being wasted and developing them helps more people feel safe living in the city instead of living out in the suburbs and wasting gas and clogging up the freeways in their commutes.

  • Stan B.

    Maybe if we had: affordable higher education (we used to), mental health programs, drug rehab programs, universal health care, jobs that actually paid a living wage (we had those to), along with universal health care, we wouldn’t have to have these ridiculous either/or arguments.

    Instead the answer to all the above is build more jails, start more wars and let the free market reign…

  • Goldengirl Layla

    “driving them out of their homes. Not a fan of what Google is doing in SF either.”
    It sounds as though you blame Google for what their images show? Surely not your intent!

  • Goldengirl Layla

    Without researching what Rand did, I’ll assume she sought care at the lowest cost possible, which is a feature of socialism and the bedrock of capitalism. Socialism unfortunately doesn’t expand opportunity at the same pace as capitalism.
    Socialism will certainly avail itself of capitalisms advantages though.

  • SeoulFood

    See! See! This is what happenes when Fox News shuts down their comments section.

  • Stan B.

    “Socialism unfortunately doesn’t expand opportunity at the same pace as capitalism.”

    It expands opportunity exponentially for those who can afford it- usually on the backs and labor of those who can’t.

    I have nothing against a fair and equitable hybrid of socialism and capitalism, I am however as much anti-communist as I am against unfettered, unregulated, vulture capitalism.

  • Stan B.

    If you saw how Google is responsible for bringing in people into SF (in their private luxury buses- which use public bus stops) who in turn throw out responsible long term, renters and residents to the street (because landlords can get away with that here) so that they can collect double and triple their rent- you may have a change of mind…

  • Pickle

    I thought it was common knowledge but I was talking about Google setting up shop just outside of San Francisco, but busing their highly paid employees from SF causing the people who actually live and work in SF to be priced out of their homes.

    As far as I know, this is unprecedented because what happens in a lot of “company towns” is people end up buying houses near the business which would cost much less and create new places to shop, new nightlife, etc. and not use the resources of the major city.

    What google is doing is saying “we like the cheaper land outside the city, but our employees kind of like the big city so we’re going to drive out the people who already live there because screw them and our guys are better human beings and deserve to have it all. ” and they wonder why there are protests.

  • Goldengirl Layla

    I get your point.
    Google is known to focus on employee productivity and life satisfaction that may encumber residents of SF. But Google is also known for advancement of society on a global scale.
    Google is operating within the law, which by extension is at the approval of the people of San Francisco and California.
    Being priced out of a community is harmful. The British in Ireland, the Americans in “Indian country” it is not a new story.
    Wait for all this new money created by Fed hits the street. We haven’t seen nothing yet.

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  • Anu

    I’m currently researching this topic. It is astonishingly how rapidly some of these urban areas are being taken over. My goal is to find out what happens to the families business after the gentrification is done. Also how inevitable gentrification is and how uninformed people are about this situation. Even though it seems unfair, I do believe there are pros and cons to gentrification. We all know who exactly is benefiting from gentrification, and it is not the people who are forced to sell out their business or move out.