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Black in PlaceThe Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City$
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Brandi Thompson Summers

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469654010

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654010.001.0001

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Washington’s Atlas District

Washington’s Atlas District

Inequality, Cultural Vibrancy, and the New Regime of Diversity

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Black in Place
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Brandi Thompson Summers

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654010.003.0003

This chapter highlights the relationship between race, diversity, belonging, and urban development in the historical devaluation of H Street as a Black space, and its revaluation as an emerging multicultural neighborhood. In light of H Street’s violent past, the narrative describing its history reinvents itself in order to write the violent times away and repurpose the neighborhood for a new market and a new time. The chapter also focuses on local programs with intended race-neutral policies that have racial consequences. The chapter further explores how “diversity” is institutionalized as a valuable social commodity to market and constitutes the political economy of the corridor. In other words, the aestheticization of blackness and space contribute to the structuring of H Street as both universal and exclusive. Corporate brands, as well as local public/private partnership organizations, strategically incorporated “diversity” as part of their official language to justify their introduction to the space – signaling affective cohesion with the neighborhood.

Keywords:   Urban planning, Diversity, Neoliberalism, Governance, Economic development

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