Most cities have an aspirational agenda for progress, but in Black-majority cities like the 1,262 that exist in America today, how Black residents actually benefit in that progress too often varies based on their zip code.
Today, Black mayors are tasked with two important roles: develop a vision for their cities which may include the adoption of “smart city” initiatives and large-scale tech-sector job growth; and attempt to help Black communities bounce back from decades-long discriminatory policies and disinvestment to ensure their participation in the global economy.
Black mayors are addressing crises that mirror challenges in Black communities across the nation. Of paramount concern are rising housing costs. One study