Voices from a changing neighborhood: An old church and new development
| By Rae Daniel |
After 150 years of change, one church still stands strong
Thomas Bowen, the social justice minister at Shiloh Baptist discusses the changes the church has experienced. Standing strong for 150 years, the church hasn’t traveled an easy road, Cowen says. Members of the congregation are no longer walking to the church, but rather driving from places outside of the Shaw community. Bowen says while he’s aware of the changes in the neighborhood, he wants the people to know that the church is still one of the community’s strongest advocates. The church continues to serve the needs of Shaw residents with many services, resources and events for residents. Bowen ensures that even with the changes happening, Shiloh Baptist is here to stay and to serve.
Shaw residents express feelings about new developments
Larry Brown has lived in the neighborhood for 27 years and continues to see the expansion of the place he calls home. He says growth is necessary, and feels that this change is one for the better. Both Ryan Corle and Chris Smith, also local residents, say even though the developments have been great for the neighborhood, the new rents do not fall within the means of people who have lived there for years.
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