‘Can Third Ward survive prosperity?’

‘Can Third Ward survive prosperity?’



June 20, 2017

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That’s the question framing The New York Times’ piece on the reopening of the newly redesigned and renovated Emancipation Park over the weekend, in time for Monday’s Juneteenth festivities. Michael Hardy writes that there was some skepticism in the historically black neighborhood over the $34 million project “given the influx of wealthier, often white residents who have been filling up new townhouse developments over the past few years, attracted by the relatively cheap homes prices and proximity to downtown.” Hardy talked to Ramon Manning, who has lived in the Third Ward since the 1990s: 

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“You had a lot of folks saying, ‘The park isn’t for us; white folks are going to come in and take it over,'” Mr. Manning said. “But now that the park is open and folks are using the pool and the rec center, some of that is calming down. I always tell folks, look, take ownership. This is a park for everybody, no matter what your race is.” (On two recent visits to the park, the overwhelming majority of park users were black.) There were also concerns about the park’s $34 million budget,…

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