Gentrification has had an impact on East Liberty, writes 16-year-old Jeremiah Davis, and such changes to the neighborhood shouldn't always mean displacement of residents. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource)

What’s left when the gentrifiers come marching in

When I was in elementary school, many houses in my neighborhood of North Point Breeze sat empty. There were abandoned homes right behind the one I lived in, and instead of being unhappy that they weren’t filled with families and kids my age, I always appreciated the quietness and privacy that they brought.