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Reply to "Should Affluent Blacks Stay or Flee Blighted Communities."

This topic reminds me of my time in New York City. I got the bright idea to move into a neighborhood in Bed-Sty (Brooklyn). My parents cried after they helped me move, but I was thrilled to be in a place just brimming with Black folks and so close to people who were struggling that I could maybe help or just learn from. Shortly thereafter I was violently mugged by two men, packed my bags and moved right to the Upper East Side.

Let the police and grass roots organizations, etc help the "blighted communities." Go in business for yourself as a developer if you want to get in on the gentrification. Or rent out your place until the area improves. Otherwise, live somewhere safe and suitable to your class, so you're not as much of a walking target.

Clearly, crime and "blight" are everywhere. But some areas are certainly more dangerous than others. Life is more desperate in some places than others. You just can't ignore that in favor of some idealistic view of "keeping it real." JMHO.
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