Friday, July 22, 2011

The more things change... the more things stay the same

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Senior Editor at The Atlantic, writes a then and now piece looking at gentrification. He revisits a piece he did on Hillcrest in 1996. Here is an excerpt:
But in Southeast you come upon the Skyland shopping center, a depressed jumble of run-down stores, most of them discount marts hawking gimmicky deals like two-for-one toilet-paper sales. Winos and the homeless panhandle outside a grim Safeway. Other retail nodes near Hillcrest are no better, a mishmash of party stores, check-cashing joints, and more discount marts--just the sort of joints that leach money out of lower-class black communities by offering less for more.

Wait... What? That was 1996 and it describes the scene in 2011. Many long-term residents agree that not much has changed. Here is the link to the full article.

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