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DEEP COUGH GIVES THE RUN-DOWN ON GENTRIFICATION IN DC

NOV 16, 2007
Special for THE NEW TIMES HOLLER!
© Amir Bey, 2007
This church, once a bedrock in Washington DC's 6th Ward, became a condominium; something happening all over the US and the rest of the world.
Keep in mind that what’s going on in DC is going on elsewhere. Because the race dynamic is an important component in the US’s history, gentrification here largely manifests along those lines; in other parts of the world it might be religious groups, and in others ethnic groups. Just like changes in menus for MacDonald’s around the world. One Essential aspect of gentrification pits the older inhabitants versus the new arrivals who are in better shape financially. People looking for and finding a new life and creating change in blighted neighborhoods is not a bad thing. However, The Holler! is concerned with the fate of those who are unable to contend with those changes and are unable to relocate.

There is also the matter of the cultural histories of communities that become compromised. Change is inevitable, and maintaining natural institutions may have to be answered by the original residents themselves, as well as by the new inhabitants, who need to be sensitive to what existed before their arrival. This country has an entrenched legacy left by social and economic segregation throughout its 50 states and its territories. When institutions, whether a black university, church or restaurant have their autonomy modified there is a destabilizing effect on its community. Yet if the descendants of slaves and sharecroppers are to be more fully included in the fabric of US society, there is going to be shake ups and transformations for everyone. THE HOLLER! feels that cultural and social diversity in neighborhoods must be respected and maintained without being segregated, and that a bland “Americanization” of its culturally rich communities needs to be avoided.

DEEP COUGH Part 2
DEEP COUGH talks about the 6th Ward's Eastern Market building, which was recently destroyed by fire
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