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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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The Changing Face of a Black Space

The Changing Face of a Black Space

Cultural Tourism and the Spatialization of Nostalgia

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Black in Place

Brandi Thompson Summers

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter offers an analysis of a neighborhood historical survey, a cultural tourism brochure, and a preservation-based community revitalization program on H Street to show how the processes of making spaces authentic take place through the production of official (state-and corporate-sanctioned) narratives about the area, which involves a devaluing of H Street’s undesirable Black history and a rebranding and revaluation of H Street as historically diverse—only momentarily Black. The revaluation of the built environment not only requires investment, it also entails a discursive shift in how the space is seen. Part of that work involves revising the narrative. These documents and programs, generated to offer present-day narratives of the past, expose the power of the state and elite actors to shape both the perception and development of the space. Together they highlight the many conditions and strategies that undergird the transformation of urban space, and the ways that racialization and capital structure these changes.

Keywords:   Cultural tourism, Historic preservation, Nostalgia, Diversity

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