Monday, February 8, 2010

I found this article from the Washington Post on the issues of race and gentrification. In Washington, DC, there's a movement to reinvigorate the downtown area with higher-end commercial space and housing. Though gentrification brings new business to previously lower-class neighborhoods, many of the renovated areas are populated predominately by African-Americans, who are being coerced to move in order to make room for the new buildings. Thus, gentrification is being viewed negatively by the African-American yet positively by the middle-class white communities. This reminded me of the article we read on Monticello, since the property was laid out to showcase the newer and fancier buildings of the estate, populated by the Jefferson family, while hiding the other more modest outbuildings inhabited by servants and slaves from the public.

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