How Real Estate Developers Like Kevin Seawright Are Fighting Back Against Gentrification — BOSS Magazine

Gentrification Comes to the City

As highlighted in the NCRC study on gentrification, Baltimore was among seven cities in the United States to account for nearly half of the entire nation’s gentrification (2000–2013). While we may have a superficial idea of what gentrification is, for today’s examination we need to go one step further.

  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Large-Scale Redevelopment
  • Rapid Increase in Job Growth
  • Limited Healthy Food Choices
  • Limited Housing Availability
  • Shorter Life Expectancy
  • Lack of Natural Amenities
  • Underfunded Schools

Developers Can Make a Difference

As gentrification continues to unfold throughout Baltimore at alarming rates, people like Kevin Seawright are working to make a difference — but they aren’t alone. Carol Ott is a Tenant Advocacy Director for the Fair Housing Action Center in Maryland. According to research conducted by the Housing Action Center, Baltimore had the fifth-highest number of gentrified census tracts. Ott blamed current political leaders in Baltimore as the reason for gentrification, claiming that they’ve been working to “attract wealthy residents” rather than improve neighborhoods for residents that currently live there.

Changes YOU Can Make To Stop Gentrification

To help inspire change, Kevin Seawright believes that developers should increasingly focus on adding more affordable units to all of their projects going forward. Seawright says, “Knowing that we’ve helped a family purchase their dream home, something they might have thought was impossible, is an incredible feeling.”

Real Estate Developers Can Make a Stand

Still, Kevin Seawright understands that stopping gentrification has to begin with a long look at development practices. Seawright says, “Developers need to take some responsibility for the gentrification crisis going on in Baltimore right now.”

About Kevin Seawright’s RPS Solutions

Founded in 2014, Kevin Seawright would open the doors of RPS Solutions LLC to a range of high-quality real estate services including asset management, property development, asset sales, and acquisition. Uniquely focused on helping to stabilize at-risk neighborhoods, Seawright and RPS Solutions LLC aim to foster healthier communities through satisfied clients and advocacy.

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Founder of RPS Solutions LLC and, formerly with the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, and Tito Contractors.

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Kevin Seawright

Kevin Seawright

Founder of RPS Solutions LLC and, formerly with the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, and Tito Contractors.