A Bushwick Cabbie Turned Playwright Offers a Driving Tour of Gentrification

Walking through Bushwick for the first time, I don’t feel lost.

Modesto Flako Jimenez, a Bushwick-raised actor, playwright, poet and educator, is my guide through the neighborhood as he sees it, text by text. He sends me photos of his friends hanging out on the corner, and of the way the storefronts used to look.

He encourages me to stop walking, to slow down, to look at the outsides of homes and buildings. This narrated-by-text walking tour is just one part of his community-based, multimedia magnum opus on gentrification, Taxilandia.

Modesto Flako Jimenez (Courtesy of Taxilandia) Walking through Bushwick for the first time, I don’t feel lost. Modesto Flako Jimenez, a Bushwick-raised actor, playwright, poet and educator, is my guide through the neighborhood as he sees it, text by text. He sends me photos of his friends hanging out […]

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