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Charlotte looking forward toward a better day

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Charlotte's mayor is speaking for the first time since a heated city council meeting Monday night. We've seen our city grow by leaps and bounds, but the mayor said Wednesday that's not always a good thing for everyone.

"We’ve been working on this, even starting with the creation of the opportunity task force," Mayor Jennifer Roberts said.

Race, economics, housing, education, all play a role in how people feel and are reacting to what they saw in uptown. And that’s obvious for a woman whose spent her whole life in the Queen City, Mrs. Doris Dennis.

Dennis said young people are angry.  She understands anger but doesn't agree with the violence.

"I’m for peace. It’s not going to solve anything until we get the answers. It’s going to have to be peaceful. We need to say stop the killing instead of people being killed by police or by our own people, see," Dennis said sitting on her porch in Cherry.

Dennis said she's lived in Cherry for 72 years. And the neighborhood she grew up in looks very different. The house where she was born is now gone and replaced by a much larger house.

"Each street has maybe two old houses or three houses on it," said Dennis about Cherry.

It's a community that was affordable for people who worked in homes in Myers Park.

"But when you push people out because they can’t afford it where are they going? You’re either going to be homeless or you’re going somewhere you really don’t want to stay.  So they’re pushing people out with all these big houses," Dennis said.

Trevor Fuller the chairman of the Mecklenburg County commission talked about gentrification in neighborhoods like Cherry.

"Maybe it’s a not a question of stopping gentrification maybe it’s a question of how we distribute our development across the county," Fuller said.

Dennis said she's angry about what's happened in her neighborhood.

"We could have been up there in that march raising a heap of hell if you want to say. You know the way we’ve been treated over here. See we believe in prayer," Dennis said.

Dennis said she prays. Protestors from Charlotte Uprising explained Monday that what is happening in Charlotte in the aftermath of Keith Scott's death is anger boiling over.

"This is not just a protest against violence from the state as it manifests in the form of police brutality but also the economic violence," said Bree Newsome, an activist.

Fuller said Tuesday night the commission wants to take a comprehensive approach.

"The frustration that we hear is people saying I see all this prosperity in this county and I can’t see any way that I share in it, at all," Fuller said.

And Mayor Roberts said she understands the city needs to address the disparities.

"We know that there are two Charlottes.  I said it during my campaign.  There are people being left behind by opportunity. We know that we need to do better and I’m hoping with the challenge of this past week that we’ll get the political will to work together to actually commit resources," Roberts said.

Protestors are calling for Roberts' resignation.

"I say that I’m listening and I understand their frustration," Roberts said, "I understand that we have some work to do as a community."

Dennis walked down the steps of her front porch in Cherry and said she believes something good is going to come out of this.

"It's going to be a better day," Dennis said.

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