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James Baldwin

Lawrence Bell: Is Hogan bringing restoration or gentrification to the inner city?

I applaud Gov. Larry Hogan for showing interest in the plight of Baltimore City, which he recently referred to as the "center of the state of Maryland." His recent announcement of a $700 billion package of allotments and tax breaks demonstrates a greater focus on Baltimore City than Mr. Hogan's Democratic predecessor Martin O'Malley displayed.

But in the midst of all the fanfare and congratulatory statements from politicians far and wide, critical questions remain unanswered.

Is this grandiose proposal simply a plan to displace black people in Baltimore City with white gentry?

Is this initiative exploiting the aftermath of the