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Instead, they are leaving for more affordable outlying areas, while white buyers and renters are spreading throughout the core. Janice Key lived in her Edgehill home for more than a quarter century before developers started knocking on her door.

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It was a low-key and close-knit community with many older African-Americans, Key said. Then, about four years ago, her neighbors started selling.

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Edgehill had one of the largest racial shifts in the county during the past decade. This historic African-American community was home to black lawyers, doctors and other professionals in the early 20th century. It remained predominantly black until this development boom. From toAfrican-Americans made up 67 percent of the total population, on average, census data shows. But between andtheir average share was down to 50 percent. The white population, meanwhile, shifted from 26 percent to 45 percent in the same time frame.

They walked tiny fluffy white dogs, she said, and rode bikes on streets that were until then dominated by cars.

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Over the last two years Key fielded the offers from investors, agents and developers. Her streets were clogged with more construction crews every day. Eventually, she said she gave in to the pressure. The growth took away that comfort zone.

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Key, 65, bought a house on a one-acre lot in northeast Nashville, near Madison, for a third of the sales price. The Tennessean analyzed American Community Survey data, which is based on responses from 3.

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Among other demographic information, it shows the average percentage of each race or ethnicity over the five-year time frames. The tract north of downtown encompassing Germantown, Salemtown, Buena Vista and Hope Gardens saw the largest drop in the county. The black population fell from 60 percent of the total population to 38 percent, while the white population climbed from 37 percent to 59 percent. Formerly industrial or vacant property has been redeveloped into high-end condos, townhomes, lofts and apartments.

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Many of the new residents are young white professionals, said David Ewing, a local historian who has followed evolving neighborhoods. While Germantown has been diverse for decades, Salemtown in particular was mostly black, Ewing said. Residents fled north and to East Nashville. East Nashville is another area that experienced large drops in the black population. The census tract of Eastwood Neighbors and Greenwood, for instance, went from 40 percent African-American to 23 percent.

Housing advocate Rusty Lawrence moved into his East Nashville neighborhood 30 years ago. For decades, it was an affordable place to live. The region's soaring home values — up more than 34 percent over four years — have strained many residents. A quarter of homeowners are cost-burdened, meaning they pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing, according to a recent Metro government report. Service employees in the hospitality industry now have to now commute, adding to growing traffic congestion. But the reasons were different that time.


Affluent African-Americans were returning to suburbs from inner cities, demographers found, looking for better schools and larger homes. As a share of total population, vs. Source: U. Facebook Twitter. Black share of population plummets in some Nashville neighborhoods. Mike Reicher The Tennessean. Show Caption. Hide Caption. Nashville's neighborhoods are changing as new owners move in. Share your feedback to help improve our site!

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