A tug of war is developing in one of Charlotte's oldest African-American neighborhoods.
It's pitting progress against history in the Cherry neighborhood, where Felicia Giles and many others have spent their entire lives.
"We're trying to work very hard to kind of hold on to what we have," Giles said.
Cherry was built by the same man who developed the affluent Myers Park area of Charlotte. Cherry, right next door, was a segregated community for African-Americans, many of whom worked as domestic servants to Myers Park homeowners.
It also was home to many other kinds of workers, creating a unique and respected community at what was then the edge of town.
For decades, as the rest of Charlotte boomed with growth, Cherry remained an affordable African-American enclave. That's now changing. Not only is Cherry close to Uptown, it's next to the popular new Metropolitan development along Kings Drive. Already, several developers are building new homes on lots in Cherry.
While the average home is valued far below $200,000, new homes going up now are in the $400,000 to $600,000 range.
Felicia Giles worries that may force some longtime residents out.
"The cost of the homes here will change the people that live here because the people who came in under affordable housing, they may get knocked out because they can't afford the taxes," Giles said.
Charlotte historian Dan Morrill said the character of Cherry will almost certainly change as development spreads.
"Unless the city made a conscious policy decision that they are going to assure the preservation of that neighborhood, it is gone. Maybe not in two years or 10 years, but it will be gone. The market will take it," Morrill said.