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From Jail to Retail

Posted by the prisoner's wife On 9:19 AM
From Jail to Retail

this disturbs me.

i used to pass this building each time we took a cab back from manhattan to our apartment in bed-stuy. i didn't even pay it much attention. the surrounding neighborhood is definitely being worked on (read: gentrified), as is all of brooklyn (but that's another story, another post). but i can't imagine shopping at home depot or grabbing a coffee from starbucks or having a meal while someone above me is locked up, trying to barter with his cellie for toilet paper or a can of soup. can you imagine them building a residential space? condos on top of the jail? that is insanity. i don't even have the words to describe how disgusted this makes me feel.

(shout out to Hysterical Blackness for the heads up)

7 Response to 'From Jail to Retail'

  1. http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2006/03/from-jail-to-retail.html?showComment=1143226020000#c114322606035795805'> Friday, March 24, 2006 10:47:00 AM

    clearly, something about this ain't right


  2. Stephen Bess Said,
    http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2006/03/from-jail-to-retail.html?showComment=1143234300000#c114323432502241504'> Friday, March 24, 2006 1:05:00 PM

    It's reflective of how desensitized our society is to the plight of the poor and disenfranchised. They're fine with it as long as they can't see it or smell it. They are content with peering from outside of the prison walls. It's their side show. They'll probably have retail sells and have slogans like, "these prices are locked in!" or "It's a steal of a deal!" I'm telling you...America is sick.


  3. http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2006/03/from-jail-to-retail.html?showComment=1143237000000#c114323704015142991'> Friday, March 24, 2006 1:50:00 PM

    HS: yes, there is something not right about the whole system. it does not value those it "protects."

    SBess:true, true, and true. our society has turned a blind eye to those things which are not visible. the only reason it's causing such an uproar is because it's in gentrified bklyn. and if those slogans show up, there better be a protest right behind them.


  4. Hummingbyrd Said,
    http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2006/03/from-jail-to-retail.html?showComment=1143320400000#c114332043439767388'> Saturday, March 25, 2006 1:00:00 PM

    The comedy is that I lived across the street from that building until last August. LOL.

    There is so much construction going on in this neighborhood.

    Directly next to my old apartment a 20 story mixed use (condo, retail) jawn is going up.

    Around the corner there are some BEAUTIFUL, I can't front, 3 MILLION dollar newly constructed concrete brownstones on state street.

    Um. When it comes to property development. Very little surprises me.

    Ethically, I wonder who is going to be willing to have their store there.


  5. DarkAngel Said,
    http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2006/03/from-jail-to-retail.html?showComment=1143344220000#c114334424171866641'> Saturday, March 25, 2006 7:37:00 PM

    I think that's a really disturbing thought...

    It's like they're implying it's no big deal or viewing it as something natural... It's pretty alarming!



  6. http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2006/03/from-jail-to-retail.html?showComment=1143353400000#c114335344815137207'> Saturday, March 25, 2006 10:10:00 PM

    thats creepy. who in the hell would wanna live there??


  7. http://theprisonerswife.blogspot.com/2006/03/from-jail-to-retail.html?showComment=1143407220000#c114340724716910190'> Sunday, March 26, 2006 1:07:00 PM

    MM: they are building up EVERYTHING. now that they tore down that building for the Net's stadium, bklyn is about to get crazy expensive (as if it wasn't already). bed-stuy is already a "hot" place to live, when east new york starts to come up, watch out *lol*

    darkangel: my thoughts exactly.

    kween: i don't know who would want to live there. it's insane to me.