Gentrification in Harlem is, instead, characterized by income inequality, he said. “You have people moving into Harlem that are doing well and are having a good run economically, so those who cannot afford the neighborhood anymore are being pushed out.”
The solution, which Silicon Harlem aims to provide, is to make mixed-income neighborhoods feasible through “tech and innovation.”
“We’re trying to foster young people into STEM education that will lead to STEM-oriented careers,” Banks continued. “We have to make sure that [kids in Harlem] are given the skills to get out there and get a good job. And that leads to a positive community.”
Cross-posted from Salon.
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