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Lillian T. 
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Re: “Residents aren’t buying Raleigh’s plans for East College Park

The nature of development in the states attract these kinds of discussions. Also the nature of policies that lack sensitivities to older less wealthy communities, by allowing so call market forces to put low income units in stable black middle income communities, start their demise instead of promoting affordable home ownership that continues to sustain the community. The ranting about the efforts of Ms Rainey or Ms Williams requires a level of awareness and respect for history and culture. Neighborhoods and their evolution is not part of any policy discussion, it is super ceded by market forces as a priority. Because of who we have become with money and power, we proudly show only one way of thinking and that is 'black or white'. Shades of gray will show that those small homes can stay. Policies that promote sustainability and encourage neighborhood quality of life through jobs and especially early education can stabilize and protect nearby downtown neighborhoods. What's wrong with that? Why not be black? There are other old communities that have become so popular like one near Dorthea Dix that actually control who comes into that neighborhood. They control gentrification because they figured out a way to protect their community. The difference is the historical/cultural perspective, college demise, and integration have impacted black communities that were forced to have solidarity. Now the parents and grandparents fight to keep the value what their children fail to appreciate. Is there a remedy? Are we so entrenched with our positions, policies and politics that innovation for sustainability is not eaten up by traditionally development 'housing' practices? You see it is complicated and community advocates and activist have a right to insist on more than a one hammer solution!

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Posted by Lillian T. on 11/14/2015 at 1:19 AM

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