To Attain “the Just Rewards of so Much Struggle”: Local-resident Equity Participation in Urban Revitalization

Annually, Americans pour out their sympathy for people displaced from their communities by natural disasters such as fires, floods, and hurricanes. We respond, knowing the anchor that the concept of “home” supplies to body, soul, and family; to a person’s ability to show up for work and perform in school, to meet friends, to worship with one’s congregation, and otherwise to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. Our empathy and our tax dollars offer balm even where people put themselves predictably in harm’s way, and fail to prepare for the inevitable by buying insurance or making more careful decisions. We intuit the toll exacted by the loss of familiar walls, private homes, and community-shared places.

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