Real Estate: The Central Question
Will redevelopment enhance or erase the cultural underpinnings of Seattles once predominantly black neighborhood?
It took a mixture of luck and dogged persistence for hairstylist De Charlene Williams to secure a small-business loan. It was 1968 and Boeing was about to begin the infamous round of layoffs that would slash its workforce from 142,000 to 56,000. Local banks were therefore willing to give loans to almost anybody who could…