Hughes vs. Starbucks

Langston Hughes’ house in Harlem is unoccupied and has been for several years.  Real estate value in the area is skyrocketing, and locals note (some with hope, some with despair) that there’s now even aStarbucks in the neighborhood.  A Whole Foods is supposedly due in next.  Gentrification is happening fast, and Hughes’ house could be the next victim.

Renee wants to save the house and turn it into a commemorative space, a place where writers can give readings and people can remember.  She has gathered other artists and authors to found an Indiegogo campaign to turn Hughes’ home into an artist co-op. Who would you vote for: Starbucks or Hughes?

https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/i-too-arts-collective

http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/19/news/economy/langston-hughes-harlem-home/