She told me that happens often, but she won’t sell. For working class blacks, it was tough to buy homes in the neighborhood where they grew up, so families spread out to more affordable cities and neighborhoods – like South Seattle, Renton, Tukwila and Tacoma.
The Central District, once the hub of Seattle’s black history and culture, is almost fully gentrified now, and unlike other major cities, there is no longer a black center or black part of town.
This week, we’ve been airing stories by reporter Tonya Mosley centered around the question: What is the black experience in Seattle?
It’s been seven weeks since she left for Charlotte, so I decided to call her to find out – was it worth it? Thomas: I really like it, I think it’s really a nice place. Me: What advice would you have for another black person here who says, “I just can’t make this place home? On a recent Thursday evening, Amalia Martino rushed from work to catch the last few minutes of her daughter Sophia’s soccer game.
She pointed out her daughter on the field, laughing a little: “My daughter is the brown one.” series on KUOW immediately struck a chord with her first piece that asked a fraught question: Where are the black people?
For a large and progressive metro area, Seattle actually lags behind other cities and the country as a whole in its black population.
Listeners and readers added their own insight as to what Seattle offers and what it is missing for the black community.
Nowak moved to Seattle from Chicago 16 years ago to work for Boeing.
She said she constantly receives emails from black families moving into the area. “A lot of the companies – God bless them for the diversity they are bringing into the Puget Sound area – but if the kids aren’t happy, and the wives aren’t happy, or you’re recruiting a black female executive that’s going to have a hard time getting her hair done, that’s going to be a hard sell,” Nowak said.
In 2002, Seattle Times columnist Jerry Large wrote about the black experience in Seattle in which black women complained about how few black men there were to date.
From Carbon River Road to junction of The Northern Loop Trail No matter how often we’ve driven or walked the Carbon River Road from the Carbon Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park we always look forward to it with anticipation.
“One thing I remember – and it hurt me to my heart – the Bon Marche needed a maid in the beauty shop and I wanted that so bad because I needed a job,” she said. So this girl that got the job was fair, of course, and that just hurt me.” Decades later, after being denied positions at department stores in “the front of the house” as a clerk or seamstress, Hardin rose to become a supervisor with the Seattle Public School’s transportation department. Making The Effort To Connect Gentrification of the Central District sped up in the 1990s and early 2000s, as Seattle became home to companies that employ tens of thousands of people.