Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Natalie Delia Deckard
In neighborhoods that are changing because of gentrification, there are different types of displacement. A form of displacement rarely studied is indirect displacement in the form of cultural displacement and political displacement. The outskirts of West Charlotte are beginning to experience gentrification at a very fast pace. But West Charlotte holds a deep history at its core, and they remain predominately African American communities. New people moving in do not resemble the long-time residents and their wishes for the community. I identify how gentrification indirectly impacts long time residents of the neighborhoods. I gathered data through a collection of interviews with neighborhood association presidents and other political members of the area. The data reflects that neighborhoods do experiences indirect displacement. Residents who continue to live in the neighborhood as new people move in face political and cultural displacement. Signs of cultural displacement within the neighborhoods include changes to social dynamics, alienation from new class divisions, and other cultural differences. Signs of political displacement in these specific neighborhoods are a higher socioeconomic class making different economic demands and achieving better responses to those demands. In conclusion, residents who remain in their neighborhoods as they are gentrifying face indirect displacement which can lead to isolation, alienation, and a lack of connection to the changing neighborhood.