Compassionate Gentrification

For many the idea of gentrification in urban neighborhoods is the equivalent of forced relocation for many of the residents who have been there for years. The folks who have struggled as the larger community refocused priorities away from the inner city, the people who really kept things together as best they could as resources were moved to other areas, can find themselves unable to afford the increasing rents or even not being able to recognize what was once home due to the influx younger, more affluent people taking advantage of the lower property values, as they "take back the city".

Truly if we are being about our Father's business as we seek to lift up Beechwood, then we must be intentional about protecting our neighbors from the aforementioned threats. Yes we desire to see our neighborhood flourish and the lives of all the residents improve, but not at the expense of anyone's sense of belonging. As we read in Jeremiah 29:7 "But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare."