The dire consequences of the racial change in Birmingham is documented in the 'reverse colonialism' post at SBPDL, delineating the shocking depreciating in real estate once the city went from majority white to nearly 75 percent black.
And now, with white people slowly trickling back into the city, the black controlled city government is actually launching a task force to try and stop gentrification (perpetuating black crime is the primary manner in which black elected officials maintain their power, because white people actual demand safe streets and accountable public officials).
Yes, the black leadership of Birmingham is uniting to keep the city black. [Birmingham mayor launches task force to combat negative effects of gentrification, Al.com, July 17, 2017]:
Birmingham Mayor William Bell on Monday announced the creation of a task force to recommend policy changes to lessen the negative effects of gentrification on the city's neighborhoods.
Whites are moving back to currently 75 percent black Birmingham and the completely black city government is launching a Preserving Dynamic and Diverse Neighborhoods Task Force to stop resurrection of city...
The Preserving Dynamic and Diverse Neighborhoods Task Force will be made up of a diverse, interdisciplinary group that will assess the current landscape of gentrification in Birmingham, and recommend city policy changes in housing affordability, anti-displacement zoning, education and workforce training, transportation and health equity.
The yearlong process will include community stakeholder meetings tentatively set for August and September.
According to the mayor's office, the task force will conclude its work in May 2018 when a document for proposed policy changes will be submitted to the mayor.
The task force will analyze data, trends, and market demands for the local and regional housing markets; and assess the legal, financial and organizational capacity to support new policies and programs recommended, according to the mayor's office.
"My administration is committed to creating a livable city for all," Bell said in a statement. "Establishing this task force is the first step in the process to solve not only the challenges of today but to lay the foundation for an equitable Birmingham tomorrow and beyond. To do that, we will need the support of the whole city- residents, advocates, developers, financiers, nonprofits, and others must join together to implement local changes and speak with a unified voice."
Gentrification can occur over time when residents and small businesses in a traditionally lower income neighborhood are displaced by higher income individuals, families and associated businesses as the result of revitalization. This rebuilding causes property values to increase making it different for low-income families and some small businesses to afford.But why must Birmingham, a now 75 percent black city, be revitalized?
Why did property values decrease so much and the city become a breeding ground for a growth industry in title loans and pawn shops (because no bank could operate in the city and expect to stay in the black when working solely with blacks)?
Because white people were forced out of the city via high rates of black crime, which necessitated the rebuilding of Birmingham in Vestavia Hills and Mountain Brook.
Now with whites slowly moving back into Birmingham, the vise blacks have on the city government is threatened as property values begin to rise and the criminal element making the city uninhabitable to law-abiding people (whites) is displaced.
Hilarious, when you think about it.