We want to be another Selby Avenue," said Nathaniel Khaliq, head of the St. Paul NAACP chapter and vice chairman of the Selby Area Community Development Corp., which is charged with assisting existing businesses and attracting new businesses to Selby.
agrees with that point, noting that residents now feel as comfortable jogging at 10 p.m. as they do 6 a.m. as they have gained confidence and seen the changing perceptions about the area.
concerned about the loss of black residents and the resulting loss of economic and political power and social service support.One by one he
can point out the houses and businesses formerly owned by African-Americans: Mary Fletcher's place, John Brown's place.
"As we gain on one hand, it seems we're losing on the other," Khaliq
said."It's going to be hard for us to hang on to these (existing black-owned) places."
"Access to capital has stymied a lot of people," said Khaliq
, pointing to one reason African-Americans have been unable to stay.