Ark Republic followed up with Chef Wanda Blake on food culture in San Francisco. Through the waves of gentrification since the late 1960s, we wanted to know about the shift in the food culture of the city.
For Ark Republic’s gentrification series, urban planner and professor, Nmadili Okwumabua, tells of her time spent at town halls in the early 2000s, with residents pushing back against encroaching developers.
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.
This year, Housing Is A Human Right released a sweeping investigative report about government-sanctioned gentrification in Los Angeles. Mayor Eric Garcetti stands at the center of this important exposé. As the second largest city in the United States, the largely untold story about L.A.’s devastating gentrification crisis is a must-read cautionary tale for the rest of the nation.
Market Street between Halsey Street and Washington Street in Newark, New Jersey.
The barber brotherhood. Ab of Iconic Styles, Newark, New Jersey
Surviving gentrification.The barber brotherhood. Eric of New Wave Unisex, Newark, New Jersey
Jay of Epic Creations keeps his barber chairs swinging to service local customers in Newark, New Jersey.
With the changing commercial district in Newark, New Jersey, a shift in commercial real estate and leasing made it harder for small businesses. Comparing a popular African American hairstyle, ‘the Brooklyn’ with gentrification, local mom-and-pops try to stay afloat against big box companies entering into Newark’s downtown.
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.