martedì 2 novembre 2021

Stati Uniti
How should Catholics think about gentrification? Pope Francis has some ideas about urban planning

(John W. Miller - America)
When Justin Strong was a teenager in Pittsburgh during the 1990s, he learned not to walk through certain neighborhoods. If he did anyway, he was told, he should not wear red. That was a gang color. The East End of Pittsburgh, where he lived, struggled with crime and poverty. The crack epidemic raged. Businesses closed. Many people left. Then the neighborhood changed. Carnegie Mellon University’s technology programs attracted tech companies, led by Google. Pittsburgh’s thriving hospitals and colleges attracted young professionals looking for housing. Real estate developers followed, buying up properties and building condos and a Whole Foods. For Mr. Strong, who is Black, the avalanche of investment has been a mixed blessing. It has made the neighborhood safer and more prosperous. (...)