Economic inequality in America is at the highest point since before the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Today’s economies and communities are changing with consideration for the desires of the upper class. Poor and middle-classes are often ignored and displaced.
Revitalization examines the phenomenon of gentrification through a socioeconomic lens. By using documentary photography, emphasis is placed on the environment, values, and political issues in the context of small-town America. These documents focus on the progression of economic adjustments in Greenville, North Carolina. With high poverty and advanced economic industries, a schism has occurred between meeting community needs and growth. The West Greenville Revitalization Plan strives to revive neighborhoods in states of decline without clearly articulated plans for people who could be displaced through eminent domain or increased rent. This leaves room for echoing thoughts of gentrification. This photographic series documents this community in its current state, as redevelopment and inequality approach.