Longtime north Nashville neighbors, newcomers respond to gentrification
As gentrification re-shapes several Nashville neighborhoods, some families are being pushed out of their homes, especially those that rent.
North Nashville is one of the areas that has seen a definite shift, with pockets of new homes replacing older properties.
“It's a big change, it's a big change,” North Nashville homeowner Renita Robinson said.
Robinson has lived in her home on Pecan Street for about 15 years.
Since the start of the year, Robinson said she has received ten offers to purchase her home.
"We don't have many homes left on this street, so I guess they're just trying to get the last of us,” she said.
Robinson owners her home, so whether she sells or not is up to her, which is the case for many people around her.
She said she has also seen plenty of her neighbors who rent forced to leave their homes.
Deloris Slaughter, who lives in Clarksville now, grew up in North Nashville.
“A lot of us are getting pushed out of the neighborhood, so it's really different,” Slaughter said. “It's becoming more expensive. Some of us can't afford to stay where we once grew up, where our roots are."
Robinson still said the big shift in her neighborhood has been for the best.
“You had to see it before, how every other house you looked at was ran down, it was just ran down, and look at it now,” Robinson said.
Lauren Overby has lived in a new North Nashville home since March.
"There's been a lot of construction. I've seen houses go up very quickly, just within weeks,” Overby said. “Houses torn down, built, very fast."
Overby said there is still a blend of old and new homes in the area.
“I love that they're building these new houses and bringing in new people,” Overby said.
“As a homeowner, I feel great, I really do, because I think that the more improvements, it's going to be better for all of us,” Robinson said.
As gentrification displaces some people, the topic of affordable housing is close behind.
Councilman DeCosta Hastings said our government needs to find more answers regarding low income, affordable, and Workforce housing all over the city.
“If we do nothing more families and communities will continue to be displaced,” Hastings said.
“There is no question that the demand for affordable housing outweighs the supply in our growing city,” Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency spokesperson Jamie Berry said.