New from “America’s Tomorrow:” Our Cities, Our Communities, Our Nation (VIDEO)

In the first video installment of the PolicyLink multimedia series “America’s Tomorrow: Equity in a Changing Nation,” PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell spoke with Manuel Pastor about the breadth of the nation’s changing demographics and what it means for equity.

Today’s video features an interview with Angela and Fred Blackwell, who is executive director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (SFRA).  In the interview, they look closely at the decline of African American populations in major metro areas like San Francisco, New York, St. Louis, and Chicago, and what it means for the future of America’s cities and communities.

Please watch their short conversation and tell us what impact you think these new demographic realities will have below in the comments section.








8 Responses to “New from “America’s Tomorrow:” Our Cities, Our Communities, Our Nation (VIDEO)”

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    I am from Chicago is I would like to say that if we look at the US across the country we will see the lose of the African American ie exslaves being push out of the inner cities of our nation. That is because there has never been a plan for us to be anything more that slaves in the this country if we did not come as immigantes to this country we did not have the correct entry point to be anything but slaves. In order for us to achive equity as people we need to be acknowdlege by this country as something more than slave or cattles to be move around without hope

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    J. McGinnis
    The decline of Blacks in Detroit is largely connected to economics. When jobs were plentiful people moved to the suburbs. When jobs declined people started going "down South." The lose of (industrial) jobs is related to globalization. What's a body going to do? Is there a connection between equity and globalization? Ask Mr. Blackwell to comment on this.

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    Hmm.. I'm a young Black professional and I live in Oakland. I wouldn't necessarily call myself middle class, but I am educated and definitely would say I was poor.

    There could be a lot of reasons why people are moving out of the city and I don't feel qualified to give any facts. However, I do know that the Bay Area is really expensive. You have to have a really high income or a two-person income to live in SF. Apartment prices are ridiculous and houses? Please. It seems smarter to live out in Oakland or San Jose and get the same benefits of Bay Area living. There are families that have moved even further out in Alameda County or even Contra Costa- not minding the hour long commute. Suburban Sprawl..the Black Edition!

    Some stats according to Oakland Local:

    Black People..come back to Oakland!!!

    Despite it's bad rep, issues with crime and economy (what urban city ISN'T suffering from these issues?) Oakland is on it's way up! Our new Mayor Jean Quan, has been doing an awesome job with community engagement and reaching out to other cities, the federal government and foreign countries. I feel like we have a greater variety of minority communities (in all economic classes). The night life is increasing and even some popular restaurants from the City are moving to Oakland.. Yay!

    Oakland has it's own equity issues involving the built environment, but I am optimistic about the changes taking place. Especially with the all of the awesome policy and public health companies that are based right here in Oakland (PolicyLink included).

    I dunno..I've always seen SF as an awesome place to visit..but Oakland is my home. my Oakland soap box.

    Great job SF with the certification program. I hope that is something that Oakland can adopt as well. :)

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    Three weeks ago there was a national report about on the median household wealth of Whites, Latinos and Blacks. These figures are an approximation:

    White net worth – $113,000+/-
    Latinos net worth – $6500+/-
    Blacks net worth – $5600+/-

    The difference have to do with the lack of an investment portfolio; stocks, bonds, Keogh IRA accounts, and savings.

    As a community, we have more than enough money in circulation: $814,000,000,000. Our problem is that we spend it as soon as we get it to support other peoples interest. I won't get into the psycho-dynamics of it, but we essentially seek short term gratification via impulse shopping in order to impress people who don't matter. As an example, the $2,000,000,000 ringtone industry. Really?!!

    Every book I have read cites that the path to significant wealth creation is through entrepreneurship. We need an intra-black skills development dialogue, then we won't have to worry about Black flight to southern "burbs".

    In writing this, I am of reminded of two songs that grate me to the core, Midnight Train to Georgia and Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay. Enough!

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