Demetrius, a native New Yorker with family roots in tenants’ rights, has lived in his Bushwick apartment for 17 years.
“My mother raised me knowing the importance of diversity and exercising your rights. She was an activist for tenants’ rights in the 60s during my childhood. Growing up in the Upper West Side, I learned the value of many cultures and social classes living together and learning from each other. It is something that attracted me to live in Bushwick. But increased gentrification is making that harder and harder to maintain.”