'African Town' Plan Draws Protests

A concept for an economic development plan to benefit black business owners comes under attack by the community.
September 30, 2004, 7am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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Members of Detroit's Latino, Asian and Arab communities demanded a public apology from the City Council, denouncing an economic development plan that would exclusively benefit black business owners by creating a black business district to be known as African Town and creating a loan fund only for blacks.

The city council action was covered in this article, and was based on a recently-released report: "The report, titled 'PowerNomics Economic Development Plan for Detroit's Under-Served Majority Population,' says immigration has hurt blacks because Mexicans, Asians and Arabs take jobs, resources and other opportunities from blacks."

Thanks to Laura Kranz

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Published on Wednesday, September 29, 2004 in The Detroit Free Press
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