The case is "Bloomingburg Jewish Education Center v. Village of Bloomingbury." Directly and indirectly, it represents an unintended consequence of gentrification - or attracting the Creative Class to a location.
Real estate developer Shalom Lamm's initiative has been to build 396 townhouses in the Catskills. Buyers will be Hasidic Jews who see themselves driven out of Brooklyn by gentrification. No longer can they afford the rent or cost of owning a house in Brooklyn.
Villages in the Catskills are not happy about this migration and are pushing back. Thus, the litigation by Lamm. Here is the coverage from Bloomberg on this bitter feud.
On September 30th, the old guard will be voting to consolidate two municipalities, giving them more clout to oppose the migration.
The strength of a city, from ancient Athens, has been its diversity.
Each neighborhood, which might have only consisted of a few blocks, in my hometown Jersey City, New Jersey, had its own distinct identity. You were known as "from Bay Street, downtown" or "from Our Lady of Sorrows parish, Greenville." Here is my e-book, free to download, on that experience Download CUsersjasneDocumentsjg
Although my family, like the Jeffersons, moved on up to uptown when I was 11, I have remained part of the Bay Street tribe. At my sister Camille Genova-Klinga's wake, members of the tribe recounted how it used to be.
It isn't that way any more. Gentrification is eliminating the unique ethos of the neighborhood. Only the professionally successful can afford the rising cost of living. In the 1980s, they would be called "Yuppies" Now they are known as members of "Creative Class.'
Sure, gentrification has positive impacts. That includes economic development. Providence, Rhode Island, a city very much like Jersey City used to be, could use some gentrification.
But, unless gentrification is managed, cities begin to mirror the sameness of the suburbs. Ironically that kills independent mindsets, supposedly the symbol of the Creative Class.