February 13, 2004

Debating a plan for a blacks-only fund to finance an 'Africa Town' in Detroit

Robin Boyle, professor of urban development in the College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs, says the proposed "Africa Town" project in Detroit is born out of frustration. According to the proposal, a fund would be established that would lend city money to entrepreneurs, but only if they are black. "But this idea is quite unreal. There's a lot of posturing here." Boyle says such a fund would be not only bad policy but illegal.

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