Gentrification (noun) – The arrival of wealthier people in an existing urban district, a related increase in rents and property values, and changes in the district’s character and culture. The term is often used negatively, suggesting the displacement of poor communities by rich outsiders.
If you haven’t noticed, gentrification is a major issue in Oakland. For example, have you been to “Up-Town” lately. Theres no affordable housing, and less brown faces. You remember The Burrito Shop on Lakeshore? The one across the street from Chipotle? Yep you guessed it, that place is long gone and this is just one example of what is happening throughout The Bay Area, and all over the country.
In my opinion, there isn’t enough awareness brought to this issue, which is why I am super hyped for Blackbuster’s upcoming screening which focuses on gentrification.
During this event we shall examine gentrification from multiple angles with an attempt to leave with some solutions. The films have been curated by BLACKBUSTER and will showcase vaious perspectives about the concept from the the point of view of talented young film makers. Two of the film makers will be present being Emani Dawan, and Mecca of MeccaMedia. Along side them will be black business owners Regina Evans, owner of Regina’s Door and Gathengi, owner of Omiiroo Gallery.
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