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Black-Owned Businesses Carve Out Space In An Increasingly Gentrified D.C.

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It’s Friday night, and rapper Too Short’s “Blow the Whistle” is blaring inside of the only black-owned bar in D.C.’s predominantly white Dupont Circle neighborhood. Its patrons, drinks in hand, are enjoying various items from its Southern-influenced menu, like chicken and waffles and shrimp ‘n’ grits. But this bar wants to be known for more than…

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12 Black Entrepreneurs Fighting Gentrification in New Orleans

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Black entrepreneurs and business owners are getting pushed out of New Orleans as gentrification brings an influx of affluent white newcomers to the city and real estate becomes more expensive. Businesses owned by people of color have shuttered in historically Black neighborhoods including Treme, St. Roch, and Gentilly. Although 40 percent of the city’s businesses are Black-owned, they…

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The steady decline of African-American culture in Washington DC

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Under five-foot-tall Virginia Ali, white-haired and frail, welcomes the never-ending stream of customers entering her diner. The 84-year-old woman is the owner of Ben’s Chili Bowl, one of the most famous restaurants in Washington DC (District of Columbia). Opened 60 years ago, on U Street in Northwest Washington, it is one of the last vestiges…

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4 Poems That Show How Personal Gentrification Is – CityLab

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To close out National Poetry Month, we rounded up poems that translate gentrification and the housing crisis into personal terms. Terms like “gentrification” and “housing crisis” get tossed around so much that they’re often stripped of their human context, framed as abstract, hypothetical, and overwhelming concepts. A good poem can take what is unwieldy and make…

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