Race, Jobs, and Gentrification by @BurghDiaspora

Go ahead and tweak the zoning code. Unleash density. Let the developers build. Houston, we have a gentrification problem : The skyscrapers of downtown Houston are plainly visible from the city’s Third Ward. That’s why developers have begun building upscale townhomes here. It’s central-city living, with an easy commute downtown. To an outsider, that construction may look like signs of revival in a run-down neighborhood. State Rep. Garnet Coleman doesn’t see it that way at all. … … “You displace people by price,” Coleman said, “because their incomes are historically lower, if you’re African-American.” Listing recent challenges that historically black neighborhoods such as New York City’s Harlem, Washington, D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood and southwest Atlanta have faced, Coleman said, “I don’t want somebody playing Monopoly with my neighborhood. I just don’t think that I can stand...

Full article: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/node/256166

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