After a brief birthday tribute to James Brown (his birthday is tomorrow May 3rd), we discuss the origins of the urban Black community, starting with Black migration from the South to the North , where African Americans established proud communities, to the destruction of said communities through drugs, the war on drugs, and eventually mass incarceration, which has created a cycle of poverty and poor outcomes that we intend to diagnose and cure. It is important to know that Black communities weren’t always as they are now, and they don’t have to remain this way forever.
After a brief discussion of the recent Baltimore Democratic primary, we break down what a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) entails, in light of the planned development of Port Covington by Sagamore, Under Armour’s real estate development wing. TIFs are supposed to be a way to entice businesses to bring their commerce to blighted areas and create opportunities, however it seems that it is nothing more than a corporate handout, and in the case of Port Covington, one that will affect Baltimore City as a whole.
Originally aired 05/02/2016 on WOLB 1010 AM Baltimore. Tune in every Monday from 2pm -3pm.