People on the outside think that West End is like this because we don't work hard enough. But the truth is that so much black labor and wealth goes to ownership from outside the neighborhood.
We’ve flattened the district out trying to appease outside investors. Let’s lead with strength and make it easier for people to start small businesses, help people hire their neighbors at a living wage, and encourage businesses built on co-operative control so that we have owners who actually live here and care about the neighborhood.
- Lower the barriers to entry for a business startup such as a lengthy and difficult permit process (example: flea market).
Examine use of land trusts for affordable commercial space for locally owned businesses to foster thriving residential communities.What does this mean?
The city should look into allowing local businesses to rent city property at an affordable rate (without looking for profit) to stimulate the local economy and help the community become more self-sufficient.
Promote existing trade skill programs and explore establishing a trade school to address the shortage in the trade skills area. This will create more jobs and more access to opportunity within the district.What are trade skills?
Welding, plumbing, beautician services, hairdressing, etc.