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Pushing Back on Displacement: Community-Based Redevelopment through Historically Black Churches

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Department of Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
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Sunyata Agency, Inc., Maple Valley, WA 98038, USA
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Societies 2021, 11(1), 10; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc11010010
Received: 12 November 2020 / Revised: 18 December 2020 / Accepted: 7 January 2021 / Published: 26 January 2021
Gentrification and subsequent displacement are common problems in cities, and result in the removal of poor communities and communities of color from urban areas as they move to cheaper locations in the metropolitan region. Here we describe a community-based approach to redevelopment by historic Black churches that seeks to counter such displacement and cultural removal. We explain the history of a historically Black neighborhood in Seattle and the founding and rationale for a church-led project called the Nehemiah Initiative. Our perspective is that of participants in the work of the Nehemiah Initiative and as faculty and students from a local university partner supporting it. We conclude with policy strategies that can be used to support such redevelopment in Seattle, with understanding that some may be broadly applicable to other cities. View Full-Text
Keywords: black churches; community based; displacement; equitable development; faith based; gentrification; housing affordability; redevelopment; university–community partnership black churches; community based; displacement; equitable development; faith based; gentrification; housing affordability; redevelopment; university–community partnership
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Born, B.; Berney, R.; Baker, O.; Jones, M.R.; King, D.; Marcus, D. Pushing Back on Displacement: Community-Based Redevelopment through Historically Black Churches. Societies 2021, 11, 10. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc11010010

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Born B, Berney R, Baker O, Jones MR, King D, Marcus D. Pushing Back on Displacement: Community-Based Redevelopment through Historically Black Churches. Societies. 2021; 11(1):10. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc11010010

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Born, Branden, Rachel Berney, Olivia Baker, Mark R. Jones, Donald King, and Dylan Marcus. 2021. "Pushing Back on Displacement: Community-Based Redevelopment through Historically Black Churches" Societies 11, no. 1: 10. https://doi.org/10.3390/soc11010010

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