Gentrification (6 of 10): In black neighborhoods race is as much a factor as class
Although several Chicago neighborhoods on the South Side experienced improvement in the last decade those upgrades didn’t amount to gentrification. Some areas that were worried about gentrification -- Douglas, Woodlawn, Washington Park, Oakland, Grand Boulevard (Bronzeville) -- are predominantly black and suffer from poverty. Several nearby public housing high rises were demolished which led to displacement, but few higher income residents moved in to replace them. Research suggests that black neighborhoods face other hurdles, like retail redlining, that hold them back. WBEZ’s Natalie Moore tells us more about these neighborhoods and why they’re not changing. And, Harvard University professor Robert Sampson, author of Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect, details the history of why these neighborhoods change but stall when it comes to gentrification.
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