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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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The Corner

The Corner

Spatial Aesthetics and Black Bodies in Place

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Black in Place

Brandi Thompson Summers

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the excess of blackness and how this excess works alongside diversity. Specifically, it asks, how does a Black corner interact with a diverse corridor in ways that aesthetically impact the transformation of space? This chapter focuses on the center of the corridor as an important site for the spatial corralling of blackness in a specific location. The chapter explores the spatial production of blackness through design, architecture, planning, and other means, and how blackness concurrently produces space. This chapter also highlights how blackness is spatialized on H Street, thereby imagining the role of geography in the production of blackness and the concurrent structuring of space through the aesthetic emplacement blackness. The intersection of Eighth and H Streets, NE, or “the Corner,” metaphorically speaks to the transition of the H Street corridor and how Black people move within and through the space and is an illustration of how blackness has been mobilized into an aesthetic.

Keywords:   Infrastructure, Transportation, Gentrification, Surveillance, Consumption

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