In the 1960’s by James Baldwin coined the term “Negro Removal”, the gradual process of gentrification that appears to be a subtle phenomenon. The top 7 most gentrified cities in the U.S. where this transformation is anything but subtle.
- Los Angeles, California
- Washington, D.C.
- Houston, Texas
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- New York, New York
- Fort Worth, Texas
- Brooklyn, New York
To address gentrification, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Los Angeles city council member (8th District), and congresswoman Karen Bass gathered local government officials and community and faith-based leaders for a discussion on the causes and responses to gentrification at the Congressional Black Caucus’ 48th Annual Legislative Conference. The conversation included Nefertiti Jackmon, Executive Director, Six Square Austin’s Black Cultural District; Tracey Ross, Associate Director, Policy Link; Mindy Fullilove, Clinical Psychiatrist and Author of Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurt America and What We Can Do About It; and Ras Baraka, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey.
Although the causes of gentrification are debatable. Many say it is caused by community and cultural factors, including family structure, rapid job growth, lack of housing, traffic congestion, and public-sector policies.
Gentrification is also reflective of The Two Americas in which the white community is living at the expense of the poor and oppressed black community and this is reflective of the parasitic relationship between the parasite that suck the blood, labor, resources, and wealth from its host (black people) under the current social system.
The following are five tactics to fight gentrification that still boost economic development: Know your neighbors, Save the public domain, demand affordable housing, regulate bank-owned property and confront elected officials.