Voice Letters: Readers Chime In on Prince, Brooklyn, and Detroit


May the Circle of Gentrification Be Unbroken

Well-written, insightful article [“White Flight,” Voice, April 27]. The writer makes some solid and serious points. I admire that she and her husband took such a huge risk, leaving New York and their comfort zone to be urban “pioneers.” She’s not a New Yorker — not a real one — and it was probably easier to leave than it would be for a native like myself. I wouldn’t move to Detroit if you paid me. And I remember when Williamsburg and Red Hook were seriously dangerous and completely decrepit. I laugh at all the out-of-town Midwestern “hipsters” living there now. We natives know the real New York, and it’s mostly gone. In about a decade, Amy Haimerl and her husband will feel the same way about their new hometown of Detroit. Like those who “colonized” Brooklyn, they’ll observe with dread all the younger out-of-towners moving into the previously crime-ridden and downtrodden neighborhoods, obliterating the mom-and-pop shops and what was real about it. Gentrification is a real mixed bag.

— Patricia Schneider

And This Was Only an Excerpt

I don’t know if this chick is brave or insane, but it’s an interesting read.

— Rachel Horowitz

Detroit Misses You

Thank you so much for showing my hometown the way it is. As a Detroit-to–New York transplant, I’ve never stopped missing my rusty, crusty, old city, and am currently scheming to go back now, if it wasn’t for those pesky jobs we need. And by the way, I’ve been asked by people if they could touch my hair because they never saw such curls on a white girl!

— Linda Reynolds

Rust Belt Cities Are All Alike

Cleveland is just as cheap as Detroit, and I’d almost say thriving comparatively. Granted, not as many deep ideological issues to wrestle over.

— Ricky Autonym

No Need to Be a Completist

I’m a major Prince fan, but this movie was horrible — bordering on unwatchable [“J. Hoberman on Why You Should Give Prince’s Under the Cherry Moon Another Chance,” Voice online edition, April 25]. The only thing that saves it are his songs. He was a genius, but not when it came to this.

— Annette Farmer

Lighter Prince Fare Is Still Prince

It’s a great movie. If you don’t take it too seriously. Which he obviously didn’t.

— Felicia Ervin

Don’t Question the Purple One

I always loved this movie; the soundtrack is astounding. How can anyone not love it?

— Sue Cornell

He’s Certainly Made Worse

A great film. Underrated and was shot very artistically. Graffiti Bridge was such a disappointment.

— Teddy Aapact Harrell

It Was a Box Office Flop

I remember seeing this in the theater with the six other people who also saw this in the theater.

— Eric Orbit

If Manhattan Suffers, Brooklyn Suffers

Get over it; it’s just another tall building [” ‘Supertall’ Tower Is Bloomberg’s Parting Finger to Brooklyn,” Voice online edition, April 25]. Why shouldn’t Brooklyn be a part of the New York trend of tall, skinny buildings? Having said that, Brooklyn or Manhattan, they all look ridiculous and cause more trouble than they’re worth.

— Michael Henrik Holtermann

Today Brooklyn Is Bustling

That area in the mid- and late Seventies was dying. Nobody lived or shopped there. Businesses were on life support. Many vacant storefronts.

— Jerry Goldman

Hold Your Breath Till the MTA Is Fully Funded

The only way to end the need for high-density development is to eliminate rent control (good luck) or create a megalopolis with a consolidated commitment to mass transit (more likely).

— David Chimes

Look on Your Works, One Percenters

It’s also a towering monument to the death of the middle class.

— Tommy Racos

Good Night, Sweet Prince

Growing up in the Twin Cities, you always knew someone who knew someone who heard that a friend had a chance to hang with Prince [“New York Honors the Purple One on Prince Street,” Voice online edition, April 22]. He was a legend even back then. I will miss his unorthodox ways and the music.

—Marlys Hayes


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