Pigeon invites Harlemites to weigh in on gentrification ("You can't even go to Brooklyn, 'cause they doing the same thing!"), a Wall Street bro to explain how art school led to finance and a longtime mixed-race couple, both ex-cab drivers, he meets in Washington Square Park to weigh in on the upcoming election. A man named David who once managed Lightnin' Hopkins sees the truth of the Barack Obama years before their start: "In American politics, change is never complete," he says. "It's never thorough. It's never enough. Even Obama's not going to give us enough."
The election, the 2008 financial crash, the sense that the city is becoming less habitable for the non-wealthy: This is One October's bracing context.