A new exhibit opened up this month at the Harvey B. Gantt Center in Charlotte that examines a small neighborhood south of uptown and the people that live there. Brookhill Village is not wealthy like Myers Park. It’s not booming like South End. Many of its residents are poor and African-American, and are making a home in the hundred-or-so deteriorating dwellings that make up the neighborhood. Many of those homes are in the process of being demolished by developers.
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