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McCrorey Heights: The Neighborhood that Shaped Charlotte

  By Tonya Jameson Tom Hanchett is supposed to be retired, but the longtime Charlotte historian keeps finding stories to tell. At the moment, he’s set his attention on the historic McCrorey Heights neighborhood in west Charlotte. The interstates and urban renewal decimated most of Charlotte thriving Black communities, in the name of progress and at the expense of Black livelihood.…

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.…