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Monday, February 18, 2013

Once troubled Central Area corner now on verge of transformation

Earl Lancaster, left, owns Earl's Cuts and Styles, which long has served as mostly black clientele at 23rd and Union. But the area is changing, and he’s hired the shop’s first white barber, Stuart Reed, right. Longtime customer Ron Brown, left, says he’s bothered by gentrification, but newcomer Ben Heimerman, right, talks of seeing positive changes in the two years he’s lived in the area.