This piece illustrates so well why gentrification IS a problem.
The displacement and disappearance of past residents is shrugged at, perhaps even celebrated as the writer mocks the "trans youths" that used to frequent downtown blocks. Sentences later, though gentrfication is defined as being "just more bodies." But you just told us about the BODIES that used to be here. So, you aren't just talking about more bodies.... you're talking about a *certain kind* of body: bodies.who "go into shops" and "walk into moving vehicles because they are too busy on their smartphones." In otherwords, rich bodies who spend their time shopping and can afford smartphones. Are these traits that make people good? Are these the pastimes that create a friendly culture and strong community? Smartphones and consumerism? I hope not!
If the Tribune Tavern is supposed to be a symbol of this wonderful gentrification to come, even the writer should not be excited about it.... the place sounds sad and empty. excitement only in the form of a potential lying game? boo. great illustration of loss of community, of community being replaced with materialism and stylish looks.
also, why the repeated jabs at trans people?