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African Americans as Placemakers in the Tamarack Triangle Community of Silver Spring, Maryland



The Tamarack Triangle community of Silver Spring, Maryland, was formed largely during the 1960s. Although this was a time of much legislative progress toward integrated housing, many African Americans still struggled against blatant discrimination in the housing market. Furthermore, the damaging effects of blockbusting betrayed the hopes of many who were able to purchase a home. This research reveals how African American families seeking to purchase new homes in Montgomery County, Maryland, utilized agency and various forms of social capital to purchase homes in the Tamarack Triangle community. These families, along with white neighbors, protected their homes from the threat of displacement (in the form of blockbusting) and went on to forge a stable, integrated community