Students point to gentrification as major community issue

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A group of Williamsburg students say gentrification is a major issue in their community, and they are focusing on it for a school assignment.

"It was a topic that the students came up with by exploring their community, by looking at it with a critical eye and documenting it," says Tom Barry, of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, which teamed up with the students' school for the project.

Students like Yonael Rodriguez reported that gentrification had already impacted their lives directly.

"I had to move," he says, blaming the expensive cost of living for forcing his family to relocate.

The students created video, drew sketches and took photographs for the project.

"It was so interesting, because I didn't know nothing about technology," says student Eva Clas Mendez. "So I have to figure out things for myself."

At the end of the project, the students will receive professional sketch kits to encourage them to continue drawing the changes they see in their neighborhood.

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