From Worker's Safe Have To Hipster's Paradise: A Study of Gentrification in Historic South End

Authors: Maggie-Jean Cook*, Concord University
Topics: Urban Geography
Keywords: Gentrification
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Historic South End, a suburban neighborhood located on the outskirts of Charlotte, North Carolina, emerged as the country’s first Gold Rush during the mid 19th century. With deep roots in Charlotte’s growth history, South End has been an industrial influence ever since the first nugget of gold was struck. Today, South End is home to local restaurants, coffee shops and art galleries located in the historic textile mills that South End was originally built on - a sign of true gentrification. Throughout recent decades, the rate of this change in South End has accelerated significantly. This project studies the consequences of gentrification rates within the neighborhood South End. Through examining archives and census data, the project will explore the burdens long-time residents have faced from population displacement, and the benefits the new middle to upper class residents faced from revamping this neighborhood.

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