It's true gentrification starts with legislators raising inheritance and property taxes making it hard for families to maintain family lands. It is a standard set by realtors and developers building to sell and make more money on posh housing tracts. They are the sectors lobbying your representatives and lawmakers.
Here we have one developer on one piece of land solving a growing demand for the next sector of the farm to table. It sounds very similar to me. Farrington House in Chatham County built by the first generation of the culinary greats, the Neal's, who have inspired a generation of chefs and farmers to sustain the land. The land is being used! In my mind the property isn't just going to be a nest of angry hornets who use the land as a resting place commuting and rushing about breaking speed limits through neighborhoods while on their cell phones. It's a destination where people will travel to cultivate the next generation and forming unions.
The one thing that personally seemed gross to me is the article set a scene where the writer was graciously welcomed on the property by the owner who suspected no ill intent.
Gentrification will only change with attitudes and action. Not by sitting in cigar parlors sipping micro brews and mini cocktails debating on the type of spandex you buy so you can ride your 5k commuter bike.
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