Jimmy Bethea sees what’s happening in his Southeast Raleigh neighborhood.
New homes are going up, bringing young professionals who want to live near downtown. Those homes, with their wide porches, granite counter tops and expensive price tags, are a stark contrast to the run-down houses nearby on Bragg Street, where Bethea lives.
He figures he will have to move eventually, that the owner of the home where he pays $695 each month in rent will sell to a developer.
He will be just fine, said Bethea, 41, who works at a pharmaceutical warehouse and also does landscaping.
But he worries about the elderly residents who have spent their whole lives in the South Park neighborhood southeast of downtown Raleigh. Where will they go?
“The neighborhood looks nice, but at the same time, the people who have been here – it’s pushing them away,” Bethea said.
That’s what gentrification does – it pushes. Pushes old buildings and homes into piles of rubble. Pushes new homes onto the market. Pushes property values up. Pushes white people closer to the city’s core. And, at least in some cases, it pushes poor minority families out.
THAT’S WHAT GENTRIFICATION DOES – IT PUSHES. PUSHES OLD BUILDINGS AND HOMES INTO PILES OF RUBBLE. ...