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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Gentrification and the Church.

I'm a part of a church in East Nashville, an area of town that is going through re-gentrification-- it used to be a wealthy area of town, then became the "bad part of town," and now going through a renewal, including soaring house prices (Some friends that are moving recently put up their house for sale at $329,000. It probably would have gone for less than $100,000 five years ago).

My church is here to care for East Nashville, including its residents who live below the poverty line. Economic diversity in our church is a goal, where the rich and poor worship and serve together side-by-side. However, many of the poor are being pushed out of this part of town because of rising property values. I learned a lot from an article in ByFaith Magazine titled "Gentrification With Justice," which is worth reading if you live in a city and would like to think through some of these issues.

My wife is going to take a course from the Chalmers Center For Economic Development this coming January to learn more. By the way, my wife is wicked smart.


Anonymous bobw said...

cool. so will yall be in the chattanooga area in the spring, or is she taking the course remotely?

4:42 PM

Blogger Matthew Smith said...

She'll be taking it remotely.

6:15 AM


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