Residents fear city investment will gentrify Beatties Ford Road

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Roger Parham, the managing member of Steel Skin, LLC addresses attendees of a press conference discussing the projects and opportunities along the Beatties Ford Road corridor in Charlotte, NC on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

When city leaders publicly launched their new “opportunity corridor” initiative to revitalize six key areas across Charlotte, they did so on Beatties Ford Road, highlighting a historic hub of the Black community that’s also lacked investment for decades.

Officials shared an ambitious vision Wednesday for business redevelopment, improved transportation and safer communities, which they say can be achieved with help from a $24.5 million city investment in those corridors.

Even as city leaders said they will fight for the community’s success without the gentrification and displacement that often comes with new development, some in the community say they’re still skeptical.

City council member Malcolm Graham, who represents the area, lauded the effort and

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