616 Lofts Profile: The Art of Gentrification and Racism

616 Lofts Profile: The Art of Gentrification and Racism
by Jeff Smith (GRIID)
616 Lofts is just one part of 616 Development . Founded in 2009 by Derek Coppess, the 616 Lofts mission offers the following narrative:
https://griid.org/2017/02/09/616-lofts-profile-the-art-of-gentrification-and-racism/

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

616 Lofts is just one part of 616 Development. Founded in 2009 by Derek Coppess, the 616 Lofts mission offers the following narrative:screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-12-17-59-pm

We build unique, urban spaces where people can work, play and just … live. 616 Lofts are residential communities built to do better for the city of Grand Rapids and its people. Our properties are in the midst of some of downtown’s most popular locations. Modern apartments (most of them upcycled from old structures) fuse historic and contemporary features, offering some of the most unique interiors in the city.

This seemingly upbeat and attractive take on what 616 Lofts does, fails to mention that the kinds of “urban spaces” they create is not for the thousands of working class families and communities of color who could never afford the monthly cost of rent required by the company.

Can you say Gentrification?

Of the seven locations the company…

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