Mayor Hales’ state of the union: ‘Soul District’/MLK Boulevard still in his sights

From the Mayor’s 2015 State of the City, and presented to the Mayors’ Institute on City Design:

Let’s take a walk around an aspirational neighborhood, which the residents are now calling the Soul District. All along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in the not-too-distant future, we’ll see the results of a newly energized housing strategy, a new grocery store, smaller businesses owned by residents. This is all the work of community leaders who have a vision for development on MLK. A vision for supporting African-American-owned businesses, and promoting a cultural home on that great street.

If I’ve learned anything from watching how development proceeds, in the last few years, it’s that the ‘community leaders’ that the mayor is likely to spend time hearing from, are the ones hand-picked by city hall ahead of time.

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