Be aware. Pay attention. And if you do move, or invest, in places like these — at least try, when you get there, to appreciate them as they are, to support the communities that are already there, rather than pushing to change them.
If you’re part of #generationrent, you might know what I mean: we simultaneously want houses and the tiny piece of security they represent and loathe an industry that hasn’t been disrupted since 1987 but still feels qualified to make moral judgments about whether you’re worthy of owning your own home.
It’s not really about a long-term investment or getting our first foot (literally) in the door to be able to own assets that grow. It’s more about the freedom to hold a space, just one, tiny, physical space, that’s our own. I think, for us, it’s less about making an economic investment and more about making one in peace of mind.