Central District’s shrinking black community wonders what’s next

Spac3man cuts the hair of Pharell Gayle, 13, at Frank’s Barber Shop at 23rd Avenue and East Union Street, Seattle. (Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times)
Spac3man cuts the hair of Pharell Gayle, 13, at Frank's Barber Shop in Seattle. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

The vibrant Central District was more than 70 percent black in the 1960s and early ’70s. Today, African Americans represent less than a fifth of the neighborhood’s population as the city’s tech boom raises the cost of living.

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