Thursday, January 31, 2008

Bklink: Burg School Tensions

The city's plan to put a school that would serve people moving into upscale Williamsburg housing has created a lot of tension with Latino Williamsburg residents in whose school it would have been housed. "The new institution at Public School 84, on Berry St., would have catered to the neighborhood's growing group of white families, the Hispanic families charged - an arrangement that smacked of segregation, they said. City school officials backtracked on plans for the new school this week, saying there was no final approval, and they denied the Hispanic parents' characterization. Still, the incident exposed an ugly side of Williamsburg's fast-paced gentrification.--NYDN

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