Completely agree with @CanesFan on the intent of the article. It tells a very one-sided and negative story. My wife and I (who are white) purchased a home in the South Park area because we wanted to live close to downtown, valued its diversity and don’t think someone’s value is determined by their income.
As residents in the area the article depicts a very different picture than our experience thus far. We have attended our neighbor’s 78th birthday party with her friends and family (in her home her daughter purchased over a decade ago) and cookouts some of our neighbors (who rent) host experiencing no issues due to our race, income or home purchase price. So to have someone who doesn’t live here write an article quoting one person saying “integration isn’t going well” is baffling because we haven’t experienced that at all.
Kia Baker has done a lot for Southeast Raleigh but her quote is surprising. She was able to purchase a home for $288,500 on a sole income in Knightdale which would have bought her a home in the neighborhood when she bought her home in 2018. The home we purchased was a new build for under $300k and we closed a few weeks after she closed on her home in Knightdale. Ms. Baker quoted as being upset makes little sense as she could have reinvested by purchasing a home in the area but she chose to live in Knightdale.
Also, most of the other people quoted as being upset are renting and do not own homes in the neighborhood. The homeowners in this area for the most part are happy with the change. When we have spoken with our neighbors that have seen South Park change over the years they view the change as a good thing. The higher property taxes being paid have improved the neighborhood and continue to drive reinvestment. The homeowners we have gotten to know that have decided to leave have done so because they can walk away with $100k+ profit which they never dreamed possible.
Our neighbor’s daughter (who is African American) just purchased her second home in the neighborhood this summer which was new construction for $240k. She purchased it through an income restricted program which also stipulated it had to be owner occupied, so there are programs to counter gentrification and provide more affordable housing in South Park. I am not saying it is perfect and more needs to be done to provide equal opportunity for all, but this article doesn’t provide the whole picture.
Affordable housing for renters in the South Park area is also a focus for the City of Raleigh. See South Park/ Garner Road section in the link provided: