Sharon Gregory was skeptical.
She had lived in a public housing unit in Miami-Dade County’s Liberty Square complex for 17 years. She had grown weary and frightened of the violence that plagued one of the oldest public housing projects in the U.S. She remembers the day 9-year-old Sherdavia Jenkins was shot while playing on her stoop on July 1, 2006.
When developers came around two years ago showing Gregory and her neighbors renderings of beautiful new apartment buildings that would replace their dilapidated homes, and promised they would not be displaced by the construction, Gregory didn’t believe them.
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