Carlyn on HGTV's House Hunters
"Technically, I'm a Black gentrifier and it's a very conflicting position to be in," says Carlyn Crawley, founder of the D.C.-based company Carlie San Diego.
Crawley admits that she gets to enjoy the city's bustling enhancements as a homeowner in the Brookland area, but she does so with awareness since she grew up mostly living in Maryland as an Army brat.
"While I enjoy the new amenities, there is this overwhelming sense of duality knowing the things I enjoy are pushing native residents away," she says. "It's infuriating to witness how new residents basically ignore Washingtonians, rendering them invisible."