$200 million later, why are St. Pete’s poor black neighborhoods worse off?

The predominantly black, high-poverty neighborhoods south of Central Avenue have long attracted politicians courting voters with plans to turn them around.Improving the neighborhoods he dubbed Midtown was key to former Mayor Rick Baker’s vision in 2001 of a “Seamless City” where persistent racial and economic inequities would melt away.

Thirteen years later, newly elected Mayor Rick Kriseman promised to fight poverty across the region “South of Central” Avenue.Both mayors won the area by wide margins and now are vying again for its support.

Source: $200 million later, why are St. Pete’s poor black neighborhoods worse off?