“We’re going to stop this trend — gentrification. We can’t displace old-time Washingtonians. I believe in integration, but I don’t believe in the apartheid we have in Ward 8.”—
That’s D.C. Council member Marion Barry after new census figures revealed the city’s African-American population plummeted by more than 11 percent in the last decade. The Washington Post reports the demographic change is the result of gentrification. Primarily, white professionals priced out of neighborhoods such as Dupont Circle finding their way to predominately black areas such as Petworth and Brookland.
Ah, gentrification. It’s a tricky thing and a dirty word. On one hand you’re happy that a Starbucks just moved into your neighborhood. On the other, you know it’s at the expense of culture moving out.