What is Trump’s plan for urban renewal? Revitalization of urban areas in decaying/abandonment communities around the country? Or isn’t that his job description as president of the United States?
Baltimore is not unique. Check out the Rust Belt.
As a matter of fact, Baltimore is doing much better than most urban areas, moving from smokestack economies to high-tech skilled industries. And there is more underway: the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Development, the Under Armour redevelopment of Fort Covington, West Baltimore’s Poppleton community taking shape and the Coppin Heights development — all sponsored by Rep. Elijah Cummings.
The revitalization of Baltimore has been going on for over 60 years — from the days of the big shift from urban to suburban living.
The last time I remember Republicans showing any interest in revitalization of African American communities in urban areas was when Jack Kemp introduced his idea in 1979 through “enterprise zones.”
Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan adopted the idea as a part of his urban renewal policy during the 1980 campaign.
After Reagan won office, enterprise zones came to Baltimore supplying low-interest loans, support to black-owned businesses and vocational training in predominantly black communities.
Parks Sausage in West Baltimore, in the Park Circle community at the edge of Druid Hill Park, was one of the designated zones. The idea was to support a core business that would give birth to peripheral businesses, creating a sustainable economy. But the program was abandoned by the Republican Congress after only two years.
Park finally had to sell out to Dietz & Watson.
So where is the Trump plan, from the president of the United States, from of course the Rose Garden, a plan to rejuvenate abandoned, decaying communities around the country?
Another deferment. Missing in action. No plan.