Gentrification & Groceries: Who Belongs Here?

Emily Corwin on Tuesday, Aug. 30th

On January 21st 2011, a newspaper in the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain broke the story. The 47-year old Hi Lo Hispanic grocery store would be closing, and a Whole Foods Market would be moving in. The news was polarizing.

City councilors spoke at town meetings, alliances formed, and one thing became clear. Gentrification pits against each other two conflicting values, both at the heart of the American identity.

This story was featured by State of the Re:Union as a slideshow, with photos by Kelly Creedon.

This story was funded by the Knight News Challenge project Virtual Street Corners.

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