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Naomi Davis: Blacks in Green

Naomi Davis rejuvenates decimated neighborhoods in Chicago

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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.

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Great idea Avi, definitely the economic factor has to be included in any effort, as the areas that need to become vibrant again, are usually the poorest...