How Discussions of ‘Neighborhood Character’ Reinforce Structural Racism

Articles | July 27 2020

by Gretchen Brown, Rewire

When the city of St. Paul, Minnesota, proposed developing apartment buildings and retail space on an empty industrial site, an opinion piece in Growler Magazine compared the proposed development to a metal shredder.

“Rather than conserving and improving the neighborhood’s qualities and characteristics,” Charles Hathaway writes. “The redevelopment endorsed by the city’s plan disregards the neighborhood’s unique characteristics and diminishes its quality.” (Read more)