Atlanta Black Star: Who Is Responsible for Gentrification In HBCU Neighborhoods?

Full article by Cecilia Smith

Fearing the erasure of their own community, members of Third Ward have come together in an effort to educate and assist residents, including organizations like the Sankofa Research Institute and Project Row Houses, who have worked to preserve the community and increase ownership throughout the Greater Third Ward area.

Depending upon whom you ask, Third Ward’s transformation has been long in the making, with some eager to revamp the shotgun-style houses that dot the area. As Third Ward has changed, neighborhoods previously shunned by white students and young couples have become a haven for those that wouldn’t even go near the area five years ago.


During an interview with Rice University’s Kinder Institute, Project Row House Executive Director Eureka Gilkey shared the work that lies ahead: “We can’t halt gentrification; it’s already happening — but we have an opportunity to change the way this process works.

Houston Press: Uneasy Third Ward Residents Decry 'Whitewashed' Neighborhood

Full article by G. Paris Johnson

On the outskirts of the neighborhood, the intersection of Alabama Street and Emancipation Avenue now bears street signs labeling the area an "Economic Corridor." The new signs are part of a new initiative by the Emancipation Economic Development Council, a collective of community organizations that hopes to find a way for property developers, new buyers and longtime residents to work together.

Next City: How Community-Engaged Design is Changing Development

Full Article by Danya Sherman

It’s a challenge common to gentrifying neighborhoods—and in the Third Ward, like many others, there is a community organizing to make sure it doesn’t lose its voice in the process.

“When we look at a neighborhood without understanding the social structures, values, aesthetics, and behaviors behind them, as well as examining our own values, aesthetics, and culture, we misdiagnose the root causes of the problem and thus misdirect valuable resources to fix them,” says Assata Nicole Richards, director of Sankofa Research Institute in the Third Ward, a consultant with Project Row Houses and one of the organizers of the Emancipation Economic Development Council (EEDC).