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Two Detroits? Gentrification. talk gets real

The heated conversation about gentrification in Detroit came to the Jam Handy building April 26. Hosted by The Michigan Citizen, a panel discussed the challenges, opportunities and consequences of new development in Detroit. Topics included the displacement of longtime residents, the racial divide in the city, and access to business opportunities for both new and established residents.

The panel consisted of Lauren Hood, community engagement manager for Loveland Technologies; George N’Namdi, founder of the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art; Khary WAE Frazier, hip hop artist and community activist; Phil Cooley, owner of Slows Bar-B-Q in Corktown; and Kirk Mayes, Deputy Group Executive of Jobs and Economy for the City of Detroit.

— Steve Furay

 

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