“While the Front Range economy booms, there’s increasing frustration among people who are priced out and pushed out of Denver. They don’t think the city is doing enough to fight gentrification and the displacement that comes with it, and a new grassroots movement is emerging to take up the challenge.
“What we’re seeing all of this boil down to: community control and community ownership of not just our land and our homes, but resources and business,” said Candi CdeBaca, part of the Denver Community Action Network. “That’s the only way that we will create a buffer for ourselves to help us really kind of navigate market forces acting upon us.”
CdeBaca lives in the Swansea neighborhood in northeast Denver. She’s seen it change dramatically, so much so that she’s running for a city council seat. She was one of hundreds who talked about a path forward at one of Denver’s oldest black churches, Shorter Community AME, which hosted the “Gentrification Summit: Our Communities Are Not For Sale.””
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Wolf, Stephanie. Colorado Public Radio 16 January 2018.