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Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue

Epiphany Knedler

2017 - Ongoing

Greenville, North Carolina, United States

Economic inequality in America is at the highest point since before the Stock Market Crash of 1929. As economies evolve, cities experience periods of economic restructuring. Greenville’s economy has shifted from being reliant on tobacco to relying on education and health care. While the community is progressing and meeting the needs of some, other groups are being marginalized and ignored. These economic and social changes are creating a trend towards gentrification.

Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue focuses on the economic adjustments in Greenville, North Carolina. Greenville is home to a traditional Southern structure. Race and class distinctly separate the neighborhoods; the railroad is the traditional line of segregation where development is occurring along Dickinson Avenue. A once-bustling street is being revived for high-end boutiques and restaurants. The surrounding neighborhoods historically have poverty, low income, and substandard housing. The West Greenville Revitalization Plan strives to revive this area without accountability for displacement or cultural changes. With high poverty and advanced economic industries, a schism has occurred between meeting community needs and growth. This leaves room for echoing thoughts of gentrification. These images explore this community in its current state, as redevelopment and inequality approach.

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  • Opacity, from the series Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue, August 2018.
    A window amid renovations of the building which is soon to be Stumpy's Axe Throwing Bar.

  • Boarded, from the series Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue, May 2018.
    Facades are boarded up when renovating the interior from the public before the new windows and doors are put in.

  • Paige’s Barbershop, from the series Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue, November 2017.
    This building, which used to be Paige's Barbershop, a local shop lasing for over fifty years, has signage to advertise its availability and the city's hopes for the renovation of this street. A sign from Paige, the previous owner who has since past away, hangs on the door thanking the city of Greenville for their support of his local business.

  • 801 Dickinson Avenue, from the series Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue, September 2017 - September 2018.
    This building was photographed once a month over the past year. These images, from right to left, show the building in September 2017, November 2017, May 2018, and September 2018. It is now a boutique furniture store.

  • In God We Trust, from the series Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue, January 2018.
    A mural on a building in the local car dealership. Religion hangs heavy over the South.

  • Reflection, from the series Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue, February 2018.
    820 Dickinson Avenue used to be a church on the strip. The remnants of previous tenants exist, untouched, within the building, with the changes reflected in the glass.

  • Remnants, from the series Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue, May 2018.
    Objects indicating the construction and change of Dickinson Avenue are littered along the street.

  • 810 Dickinson Avenue, from the series Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue, November 2017 - August 2018.
    This building was photographed once a month over the past year. These images, from right to left, show the building in November 2017, March 2018, May 2018, and September 2018. There is no indication what this building will be yet.

  • Future Plans, from the series Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue, May 2018.
    An architecture firm placed signage on each window on Dickinson Avenue indicating their hopes for its future, including boutiques, restaurants, and bars. Their goals are driven by the local economy of the college.

  • Construction, from the series Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue, November 2018.
    The Tenth Street Connector is a primary act of the West Greenville Revitalization Plan. Planning and building over the past few years created displacement in the community to create a bypass from West Greenville to the downtown area.

  • Signage, from the series Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue, November 2017.
    Signage from the realty and architecture firms was placed over years of residue on the windows of Dickinson Avenue.

  • 816 Dickinson Avenue, from the series Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue, September 2017 - November 2018.
    This building was photographed once a month over the past year. These images, from right to left, show the building in September 2017, February 2018, May 2018, and November 2018. This building currently houses Stumpy's Hatchet House, an axe-throwing bar.

  • For Lease, from the series Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue, November 2018.
    A few of the buildings along Dickinson Avenue have been renovated over the past five years. Unfortunately, most of the businesses have not been successful and are moving to allow for the city's plans for restaurants and boutiques.

  • 709 Dickinson Avenue, from the series Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue, March 2018.
    Along with renovating historic buildings, the city is building multiple apartment complexes to accommodate the local college population. This has prompted the city to begin to demolish condemned houses.

  • Pam + June, from the series Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue, February 2018.
    The sidewalks in the surrounding neighborhoods hold the community's past and memories.

  • Condemned, from the series Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue, February 2018.
    Houses in neighborhoods of West Greenville have been marked as blighted or condemned due to flooding, fires, and poor maintenance. This house was condemned for at least two years and has been demolished as of January 2019.

  • Neglect, from the series Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue, September 2017.
    West Greenville has been home to local businesses for years. Local economies are always changing and evolving.

  • Church, from the series Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue, May 2018.
    820 Dickinson Avenue, which used to be a church, still holds signage and indicators. It is set to be demolished to allow for widening the street.

  • Hard Hat Required, from the series Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue, April 2018.
    Construction of new apartments continues along Dickinson Avenue. This will create a population boom for the Dickinson Avenue sector and greatly affect the characteristics of the city districts.

  • Security, from the series Revitalize: Dickinson Avenue, October 2018.
    Over the summer of 2018, the city of Greenville added security cameras to Dickinson Avenue. This street did not have any visual security previously. This addition is indicative of the economic interest the city has in the area.


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