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Book Explores the Complexities of Black Men Through the Eyes of Local Leaders

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By Kallan Louis We are currently witnessing rapid and steady growth in Charlotte. As luxury apartments, retail shops and restaurants have residents flooding back to live in uptown and South End, Charlotte’s historically black West End has remained mostly neglected. The often-mentioned Harvard study on economic mobility — which ranked Charlotte last out of 50 major metropolitan areas on economic mobility — reveals how complex the issues truly are.…

Voices from the Neighborhood: An Education in Gentrification

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By Angela Lindsay Native Charlottean Darryl R. Gaston has lived in the Druid Hills community for 52 of his 56 years. Like many other residents in his neighborhood, many of whom he says have lived there for 30 to 60 years, he is very concerned when he sees other historic and mostly minority neighborhoods being taken over by gentrification—concerned because he is now seeing it happen right outside his own front door.…

Pattern Play in the Bedroom

By Cheryl Luckett Pattern Play Recently I put the finishing touches on fun, colorful bedroom client project for a talented teen artist. There were quite a few comments on the color and pattern usage in the space so I thought I’d share my tips for successfully mixing color and pattern.…