As an African-American woman that has lived in gentrifying neighborhoods in Philly, NYC and DC I am particularly interested in the topic of black gentrifiers. I found the following interesting articles: "Black professionals leading the charge of gentrification across Anacostia," "The perceived gentrifier: How I was driven from the U Street neighborhood," and "How Black Gentrifiers Have Affected the Perception of Chicago's Changing Neighborhoods."
In "How Black Gentrifiers Have Affected the Perception of Chicago's Changing Neighborhoods," the author questions why Bronzeville in Chicago does not attract as many white middle-class residents and still has a bad reputation associated with crime and housing projects compared to other gentrifying neighborhoods despite the fact that black middle-class residents are moving into the neighborhood. Apparently, the process of gentrification can only be successful with an influx of white residents in Chicago, compared to places such as Atlanta that have a critical mass of middle-class black gentrifiers to change a neighborhood from working class to predominantly middle class. Can a neighborhood be successfully gentrified with only black middle-class residents?
In Washington, DC there are many black professionals and neighborhoods such as Shaw and LeDroit Park have attracted black professionals to move back into neighborhoods that their families abandoned between the 1970s and 1990s to move to the Maryland suburbs. However, there is also a critical mass of white gentrifiers that have moved into these neighborhoods. Does LeDroit Park and Shaw benefit from their proximity and historical relationship to Howard University and history of elite African-American residents in the first half of the 20th century compared to places such as Bronzeville in Chicago?