In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated most Black neighborhoods in New Orleans, resulting in a displacement for hundreds of thousands of people. Many did not make it back, but for those who did, staying gets harder every year. With gentrification, now “stragglers” buy up land and change the dynamics of tight-knit communities.
San Francisco carries a rich, African American culinary history. Documented by San Franciscan, Chef Wanda Blake, she also talks about how gentrification changed the neighborhood she called home and nourished both her soul and hunger for entrepreneurship.
The hair industry is the thermometer of a nation’s economy. As barbershops in Downtown Newark, New Jersey navigate gentrification, they also show the serious struggle of longtime residents against a changing landscape both economically and racially. While they created the city’s culture and swag, Newark leaves many behind.
Entrepreneurs in one of the few Black business enclaves in Los Angeles remain optimistic as an NFL sports stadium finishes construction, and the possible headquarters of NBA’s LA Clippers loom, Inglewood’s development preps for what they say is a renaissance.
When franchise players in professional sports find their way to a city, it is more than fanfare and hysteria. Literally, players can change the demographics and the economies of metropolises; especially those experiencing hard financial times.
An annual, neighborhood block party in Harlem gets shut down after police respond to a complaint made by “new neighbors” who called law enforcement on longtime residents, claiming that their loud noise and suspicious activity were a threat.
Manuel Lloyd and Dalvonte Howard look at how a real estate company forced low income, Black community members in Wilmington, North Carolina, out of their homes after some units in an apartment complex were damaged by 2018 major storm, Hurricane Florence.