Gentrification: The Extermination of the Black Community
This is the fourth section within the topic on Integration. This discussion will focus on how gentrification throughout many American major cities has impacted the Black Community physically, socially, and economically.
The 3 Questions
1. Is gentrification a good thing?
2. Why do you feel the resources that come with gentrification are never applied to these neighborhoods when the residency is Blacker?
3. What can be done to prevent the expansion of gentrification?
Black Advancement Inc.’s home is in the DMV area, which is home to some of the Blacker cities in the and counties in the nation. However, anyone from this area can tell you the monster of gentrification has hit with the force of a comet here, bringing the subjects of race and class to the forefront of everyday life. “Chocolate City” aka Washington, D.C. looks nowadays much less like a milk chocolate bar and more like the cookies and cream bar. A perfect example of this is displayed when the Montreal Expos moved to D.C. and became the Nationals. This move begot the building of a stadium, which lead to new high-end condo’s and hipster eateries and restaurants that previously never would have dreamed of coming to the area. To be clear, all this investment and improvement of a once impoverished area is good news, it does create a whole new stream of income for D.C. and employment opportunities as well. Young professionals will be more likely to live in the city and spend time and money there. The Metro will increase revenue from more people not to mention the gate for a competitive Baseball team. Missing from all of these upgrades though, are the thoughts and concerns of the residents that previously lived in an area that was undervalued. Where would these people live, where would they go, how would the rapidly changing economic upheaval impact their lives? These types of overhauls have occurred and continue to occur in neighbors just like this one in D.C. throughout America, begging the question of whether gentrification is helping the destruction of Black Community?
Please write in and response to our 3 poll questions or post some questions that you would like to see asked. These question and more were addressed on 1/21/2023.