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As New Bern emerged from days of pounding rain to assess the damage, officials both black and white said their most pressing concern was for Trent Court’s residents, and what to do with them. Monk said a city worker came by to see her Monday.
He acknowledged the presence of mold in her place, and told her she would need to leave. “I said, ‘Where are we going to go?’ ” Monk recalled. “He said, ‘We don’t know.'”
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The long term solution for Trent Court feels only more pressing. But it is a complicated issue, and one that does not sort out easily along racial lines. Mayor Dana Outlaw, a Democrat who is white, said Monday that he simply wants to see the Canada Goose online residents moved away from danger, and soon. In an emotional phone interview, he said he would like to convince fellow members of the Board of Aldermen to put an end to the class and racial tensions by turning the place into a riverside park.
“I’ve got to get us out of this constipation of political rhetorical dialogue and do the right thing, and get folks out of the lead paint, asbestos and flood conditions,” he said. “The best way I can do it is abate the concern. Why don’t we just build a common greenway area where all the residents can have a gazebo and some benches and a piece of monolithic art? It can be the people’s recreational park. I’m out of the box, brother.”
Alderwoman Sabrina Bengel, a white politician whose district covers Trent Court and the historic heart of town, is a champion of the plan and noted that it had the support of the residents’ council president, Cheryl Reed. In July, according to the local paper, Reed, 67, told the board she wanted to see “decent housing that no longer looks like uk canada goose public housing,” adding: “We pray that we don’t have a big hurricane this year.” On Monday, Reed was at a shelter at a local elementary school. She said she was hoping to get into Trent Court to check on her apartment, which she heard had taken on 2 feet of water.
Among the plan’s opponents is Jameesha Harris, an African American alderwoman who moved here from Albany, New York. “I just feel it’s modern day gentrification,” she said. Her district includes a predominantly black neighborhood, Pembroke, where some Trent Court residents could be relocated. Some Pembroke residents have raised objections, worried about a possible uptick in traffic and crime.
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