Sonya Mays doesn't like saying the "g word" – gentrification, that is.
But if we're talking about it, she says her company Develop Detroit might just have the solution.
“We’re saying that we believe that there’s a way to be very intentional and thoughtful and to partner with particularly residents who have been in a community the longest. We’re saying there’s an approach here that can be taken that doesn’t directly lead to rapid displacement," Mays said.
It's called equitable development, and she says cities like Harlem and Washington, D.C., have used it to combat gentrification with mostly positive results.