Adult Entertainment Is Building a Community for Black and Brown Denverites

5280, December 2, 2021, Adult Entertainment is Building a Community for Black And Brown Denverites

Affectionately called Adult Ent, the company’s clothing line is a reflection of Denver’s street culture, says owner Torrance “Pastor Pines” Green. The challenges Pines faced to secure a permanent storefront in Five Points, Denver’s historically Black neighborhood that’s seen rapid gentrification in recent years, proves just how relevant that goal is.

In 2020, according to a National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) study, Denver was named the second-most gentrified city in America: 

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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