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Inspired by American hero Frederick Douglass and comparable in scale to the Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe after World War II, the Douglass Plan dismantles old systems and structures that inhibit prosperity and builds new ones that will unlock the collective potential of Black America (Campaign website).
Besides north St. Louis and most of Detroit outside of downtown, there's Baltimore's Black Butterfly, the South and West Sides of Chicago, Flint, the east side of Cleveland, the east side of Buffalo, large swaths of Indianapolis, Gary, even South Bend. Areas of vacancy or hypervacancy today were often the thriving black neighborhoods of yesterday. That's not a coincidence. It's by design. (NextCity 8/19/19)
Our society will never be great until our cities are great. Lyndon Johnson.