Gentrification in Black Boston

Exhibit Curated by Amina Atef

This project looks at instances of gentrification in Boston through time. Story-mapping is used to provide a physical representation of Boston so that the neighborhoods discussed can be seen on a map. Stretching back to the 19th and 20th century, Beacon Hill was once home to a large part of Boston’s African American community. The African Meeting House served as an important community center. However, in the 20th century, Beacon Hill’s black population was pushed out after overcrowding and redistricting caused residents to leave the area. Today, gentrification can be seen in Roxbury, as residents are being pushed out. Factors that contribute to this include Boston’s student population, rising housing prices, and development. On a smaller scale, gentrification is starting to be seen in other predominantly black neighborhoods such as Dorchester. Many local movements are working to prevent gentrification from displacing residents in these areas.
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