MelissaNortonCentral Durham is in the midst of major physical, social, and economic transition. After decades of languishing, Downtown Durham is now thriving with investment, new businesses, and activity. However, as desire to live near downtown grows, we are witnessing a fundamental change in the look, feel, and composition of its surrounding neighborhoods.

Join Melissa Norton, Project Coordinator for the Durham Living Wage Project, to discuss building a common understanding of what the term “gentrification” means, look at the history of displacement and disinvestment in central Durham, and propose a range of tools to policymakers, communities, and individuals to help ensure an equitable and inclusive central city in the years to come.

Wednesday, September 30, 6:30pm

Smith Warehouse, Bay 4 (114 S. Buchanan Blvd.) Click here for parking details.

This event is a part of the Our Right to Say: Gentrification and Durham’s Future series.

Near the end of his life, Malcolm X pushed civil rights leaders to reframe their struggle as a campaign for human rights that included the right to self-determination. Gentrification — when market forces shift city neighborhoods into the control of the wealthy — can be examined in this light, since the voices of long-time and often poor and minority residents can be overlooked or suppressed in a push to “clean up” or renovate for wealthy, white families. In today’s Durham, gentrification is on dramatic display as former mill villages and warehouses are replaced by pricey condos, craft beer halls and locavore restaurants. How does a human rights lens shape the way we see our changing city? Who is making the decisions that will dramatically reshape this historically black and working-class city?

Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics.