Naomi Davis: Blacks in Green
Naomi Davis rejuvenates decimated neighborhoods in Chicago
Naomi Davis of Blacks in Green (BIG) rejuvenates decimated neighborhoods in Chicago
BIG's goals are to invent, invest, manufacture, and merchandise, black communities into walkable, self-reliant, mixed-income villages. BIG's greenvillages are anchored by neighbor-owned businesses, which become the agents of "jobs-driven development." Only jobs-driven development stabilizes neighborhoods through wealth enhancement of present residents, avoiding forced or voluntary neighbor migration to "better" neighborhoods, or the influx of "better" neighbors – benign or hostile. Resident money stays active locally supporting community self-interests, and the heritage of a place is preserved. Such sustainable community initiatives are especially important for Black neighborhoods.