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Three Brief Notes on NYT's Spread-of-Starbucks Maps

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[Maps of the spread of Starbucks in NYC courtesy The New York Times.]

1) As we've long reasoned and feared, the spread of Starbucks during the past 15 years is indeed a near-perfect timeline of New York's gentrification by neighborhood.
2) That expansion wave has now crested, which allows the NYT to pen these brilliant lines: "By 2008, most Manhattanites lived within a few blocks of one or more Starbucks. But the vast majority of New Yorkers, especially those in The Bronx, never got their neighborhood status symbol." The horror.
3) It all started on the Upper East Side. Curse you, 10023!
· Starbucks: The Wave Crests [NYTimes]