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For more than a century, cities around the world have compared themselves to Paris.But now the wannabe city is Brooklyn. Ballard is the Brooklyn of Seattle.There's even a Brooklyn of Paris: the once-gritty suburb of Pantin. Brooklyn's emergence as a global symbol of all things trendy marks quite a turnaround for a place once mocked as Manhattan's less sophisticated neighbor – even if the new Brooklyn has new problems, like young professionals and affluent families pushing out the poor and working-class folks who populated Brooklyn for decades.On Oct. 10, the Atlantic published a list of places the New York Times has compared to Brooklyn with headlines like "Brooklyn in Beijing" and "Brooklyn on the Hudson".
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