Fillette discusses how the Cherry neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina offered a new means of achieving community revitalization during the 1970s. An historically African American neighborhood scheduled for demolition because of deterioriation as part of the city's "community development program," Cherry residents with the help of their neighborhood association president, Phyllis Lynch, sought the help of Legal Aid. Eventually, it was determined that many of the houses could be rehabilitated and turned in to public housing for low-income tenants. Fillette explains how this demonstrated the viability of alternative approaches to urban renewal that would be less detrimental to the inhabitants of particular neighborhoods.