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The Detroit City Council has backed down somewhat on a plan to create an all-black business district dubbed “African Town”. The Council yesterday decided to scrap the portion of the plan that would designate city money for a business loan fund available only to black entrepreneurs, and also to discard a resolution designating blacks to be the City’s official “majority minority”. In September, the Council had voted to override Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s veto of both measures, which the Council had originally passed in July.
From the Detroit Free Press:
The city’s Hispanic, Asian and Arab community leaders protested the council’s previous actions, calling the report anti-immigrant and the July resolutions exclusionary.
Despite withdrawing direct funding, the compromise resolution maintains the idea of supporting a black business neighborhood.
The resolution the council did pass Monday calls on the Detroit Economic Growth Corp., an economic development arm of the city, and the City Planning Commission, a council department, to work with the city’s black business owners and trade associations to develop a business district in the mold of ethnic neighborhoods, such as Mexicantown and Greektown.
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