We don't know about you, but we sometimes get REALLY confused when we read Brownstoner. The descriptions that commenters post about our lovely PLG are (pardon the language, but we really cannot think of any better term) completely fucked.
Here are a couple choice quotes:
"I have close friends who've been the victims of exceptionally brutal crimes there over the last several years."
"I guess we can agree that Lefferts is not for everyone. If you're someone who doesn't want a softball-sized gunshot wound, then it's probably not for you. "
This is weird. We have a really tough time understanding claims that PLG is dangerous; we have an even tougher time understanding the aggressive nature of said (false) claims. What gives?
It's almost like someone is spreading rumors on purpose, trying to scare folks off from PLG. We do not know why anyone would do such a thing, but the claims are so over the top that they cannot be genuine. Here are three theories about the PLG haters:
Theory 1: Property owners in other neighborhoods that are sometimes perceived as dangerous (such as Bed Stuy) who are threatened by the appealing nature and growing activism of PLG. In other words, they're worried that property values will increase faster in PLG than their own neighborhood.
Theory 2: Current residents of PLG who are sick and tired of seeing newbies arrive, changing the tenor of the neighborhood.
Theory 3: Freaks who have nothing better to do than hate on PLG.
Seriously though, we're grasping at straws here. ATP and our neighbors really enjoy living here (despite the lack of services in the nabe). Safety is hardly an issue, though we do take precautions(kevlar is not one of them).
What's this all about? We thought these discussions were over...