“We want to showcase that you can invest in a community without gentrifying,” the company’s founder said.
“I do believe that this location was selected because we are African Americans,” says 75-year-old activist Ella Rose. “People need to know our lives count, too.”
Seven years after the closure of the Crawford coal plant in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, the site is still a lightning rod for neighborhood activism and outrage.
Citing poor air quality and environmental racism, residents of the majority Black neighborhood surrounding the plant had long fought for its closure.
A tool that helped direct $66.5 million to Fresno could provide a template for other states seeking to counteract the effects of pollution in vulnerable communities.