Gentrification involves not only the physical displacement of communities, but the erasure of the history of those communities in the site of their original homes. As the physical environment is transformed through development and as people scatter, gentrifying neighborhoods become sites of historical and archival loss. In turn, this loss furthers gentrification, as communities are unable to lay historical claims to their own neighborhoods. In communities vulnerable to gentrification, new digital technologies can democratize historical preservation and allow communities to retain control over the narratives shaping their own histories and neighborhoods. This project adopts this innovative approach for the greater U Street neighborhood, in Washington, D.C.
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