Bianca Vazquez is the Program Director for the Steinbruck Center at Luther Place and co-coordinates the Organizing for Mission Cohort, a network of Lutheran churches that use community organizing for congregational development and neighborhood justice work.
Imagining Whole Cities: The Church’s Role in a Gentrifying Neighborhood
January 2016: Gentrification (Volume 16 Issue 1)
What does gentrification look like to a community living inside of it? Brau and Vasquez from Luther Place Memorial Church explore the congregation’s response to gentrification in Washington D.C.’s Logan Circle neighborhood. N Street Village ministries was founded out of the congregation to respond to the needs of the neighborhood. How does a congregation respond when poeple who are not impoverished move in, potentially forcing the poor out?