The Rainier Beach Project: Overcoming Displacement

The Rainier Beach Project: Overcoming Displacement will be on display at Seattle City Hall from July - September 2014.  

Special Thanks to:

Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition

The City of Seattle: Mayor Ed Murray and Office of Arts & Culture

United Story

Rainier Beach: A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth


Please contact Zac Davis if you are interested in displaying the project at your location!

Photographer and Project Director:

Zac Davis (Seattle, WA)

My personal journey of racial reconciliation, social justice and cultural competency is most evident through my photography and my work as a counselor for those in the community who strive and struggle to succeed in the face of various social barriers and disadvantages.


The Rainier Beach Project: Overcoming Displacement

Medium: Digital photography and text panels

Gentrification (noun): a dynamic that emerges in poor urban areas when residential shifts, urban planning, and other phenomena affect the composition of a neighborhood. Urban gentrification often involves population migration as poor residents of a neighborhood are displaced.

The photography documentary is called The Rainier Beach Project: Overcoming Displacement. All of the images and accompanying quotes were gathered in 2012 and 2013. It deals with the effects of gentrification occurring in the Rainier Beach/Rainier Valley community. What you will see in this exhibit are community members whose lives emanate from a center of social justice and equity.

The community members interviewed for this project argue that “urban renewal” doesn’t have to exclusively benefit incoming residents who tend to have a higher socioeconomic status and represent only a small fraction of the racial and cultural backgrounds of the Rainier Beach community. It is possible for urban development to benefit people from a variety of racial, cultural and economic backgrounds—if they are meaningful participants and beneficiaries of the process. They need to be involved in generating solutions, and the resources to implement them. And they do not want to be displaced.

The photographs are accompanied by quotes from the individuals collected during the photo shoot. Each participant’s words reflect their emotions, memories and insight as it pertained to the issue of gentrification and community development.