We’ve scoured the South to find these neighborhoods that were once down on their luck but are now resurging with community pride. Learn from their inspiring stories.
Photo by Van Chaplin
“When I got out of the military, my goal was to become a homeowner,” Shawn Coleman (pictured with his family) says. “I never thought I’d be able to in my old neighborhood.” In 2002, Shawn and his wife, Sandra, bought one of the more than 90 new homes in the neighborhood and inherited a second house, which they’ve kept as an investment. He isn’t the only former resident to learn the benefits of ownership. “Former renters are learning to be homeowners. Viola has turned a lot of broken dreams into new dreams,” says neighborhood association president Vincent Green.