A new batch of 2010 Census numbers showing that D.C. is becoming wealthier, whiter and more gentrified is expected to be released today, and we couldn’t help but wonder: How have you seen the District change in the last decade?
Are rising property values all over the city — including in “virtually all-black and more often than not poor” neighborhoods like Anacostia — forcing old (black) residents out while gentrification in the form of bars and restaurants draw new (white) developers and residents in, as Alex Kellogg suggested last month in his controversial NPR piece, “D.C., Long ‘Chocolate City,’ Becoming More Vanilla”?
Or are minorities playing an equally important role as whites in the District’s changing socioeconomic landscape, as Shani O. Hilton writes in the Washington City Paper article, “Confessions of a Black Gentrifier”?
“The conversation about the phenomenon remains a strict narrative of young whites displacing blacks who have lived here for generations,” writes Hilton. “But a young black gentrifier gets lumped in with both groups, often depending on what she’s wearing and where she’s drinking.”
The varying views — namely Kellogg’s , which was criticized as a “dishonest portrayal” and a “quick and dirty race narrative”— have already sparked debate over the reasons behind last year’s numbers, which indicate that the 2010 Census may be the last time black residents are the majority in D.C.
#FaceofDC It’s been a long time coming. Most of the housing projects and Section 8 homes have been renovated for gentrification anyway :-/
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