July 29, 2001
MANY OF TODAY'S Southern inner cities are war zones where young men and women get cut down before their lives barely begin. Growing up in Western Heights, a Knoxville, Tenn., public housing project where abrupt violence was commonplace, I quickly learned to avoid certain street corners and the so-called "bad people." I eventually developed my own survival map, which I hoped would guide me to adulthood. My map, however, couldn't help me navigate all inner-city dangers. Severe hazards seeped through bolted doors, barred windows, and corroding pipes.
May 28, 2007
The stunning rise of lacrosse on the national landscape is evident on weekday mornings in inner-city Baltimore during the spring. "Every morning, on my way to work, there's a kid on every corner or bus stop with a lacrosse stick in his hand," said Donnie Brown, a member of Morgan State's first all-black lacrosse team in 1971. "This stuff has been going on awhile. The numbers are growing." Skyrocketing might be a more apt description. According to US Lacrosse, the governing body for the sport, there was an 11.7 percent increase in the number of players participating in 2006 over 2005.
June 25, 1997
Business sage Michael Porter, who made his reputation telling countries and big companies how to muscle up competitively, has shifted his sights toward urban America."
February 28, 1999
Rick Levin found the next frontier of retailing not in the wide open spaces of suburbia but amid boarded-up rowhouses and corner liquor stores in a stretch of East Baltimore.In a strip center on North Caroline Street with a supermarket and a Chinese carryout, Levin set out to create an oasis two years ago, putting one of his largest Downtown Locker Room stores in a former drugstore. He stocked it with hooded sweat shirts and Nike basketball shoes, hired local help, lighted the vast space with wall sconces, covered the floor in gleaming hardwood and pumped music through the speakers.
July 10, 2000
The Rev. Brad R. Braxton calls it an assignment, but really his five-year stint in West Baltimore was a choice. A choice to lead an inner-city church, to jump-start programs for the hungry, to help guide a congregation needing direction - despite a Rhodes scholarship and academic credentials that could have taken him anywhere in the world. Now, after fulfilling what he calls a "covenant" to ignite the spirit at historic Douglas Memorial Community Church on West Madison Avenue, he's leaving to take a teaching position at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
June 8, 1993
Washington.--Forty percent of America's cities are programmed to fail. Gary, Camden, East St. Louis are already clinically dead. Bridgeport, Newark, Hartford, Cleveland, Detroit are on life-support systems. New York, Baltimore, Chicago, St. Louis, Philadelphia are sinking. Though seemingly healthy, Boston, Minneapolis, Atlanta are already infected.These cities, and a hundred more like them, will fail because they are programmed to be their own suburbs' poorhouses. The burden of black and Latino poverty is crushing these ''inelastic'' cities, which, for many reasons -- bad annexation laws, hostile neighbors, myopic city politics, anti-black prejudice -- have remained trapped within their city limits.