RELIE, North Carolina – Twenty years ago, Noah Daniels-Wilder could not walk down Montague Lane in Raleigh without looking over his shoulder.
“This is where I come from, who I am, what shaped me, what shaped me,” he said.
Wilder’s roots in Raleigh date back to the 1800s.
His great-grandfather’s house still stands on the street where all his family members once lived. His family still owns a house on the south side.
“We weren’t the richest, but we weren’t as poor as other people at the same time. But there were definitely times when we fought. I think my crib was a laundry bin. It was my crib, ”Wilder said.
Today Wilder is a real estate investor and co-owner of CDW Housing. He buys and refurbishes houses before big corporations get involved.
“The people who are building this get their money and go away, it’s right, they don’t help the youth and don’t give out backpacks,” Wilder said.
It’s also about homeowner training.
“We come in and say, ‘Hey, before you sell to an out-of-state investor who gives you $ 130,000 really cheap rooms, here’s what you can do to change that,” Wilder said.
Wilder hopes that as neighborhoods like this improve, they won’t lose their most important asset – the people living there.
“Property values go up dramatically when they move. I always wonder why this is so. If you know what I mean? It goes up as if this land is now worth something, ”said LB, a resident of Raleigh.
LB didn’t live in his house for very long.
He wants to feel safe, but he knows that all it takes to get there is a fine.
“Just don’t chase away all the blacks where they were born and raised, and that’s all they know. Just kick them out like this and inflate the rent so they can’t afford it, ”LB said.
As home prices continue to rise, the Wilder family is not going anywhere.
“Every generation of the Wilder family has lived in this house,” he said.
Wilder says some things are worth holding on to.
“I want other people in the neighborhood to have the opportunity to renovate and flip their own home and benefit from the changing community around them. I want everyone to benefit from this, as well as our family, ”he said.