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Michael Jordan donating $7M to build Charlotte clinics | Charlotte Observer

October 12, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad


Hornets owner Michael Jordan is donating $7 million to launch two medical clinics in troubled Charlotte communities, in one of the largest gifts ever from the basketball legend with deep ties to North Carolina.

Novant Health is expected on Monday to announce Jordan’s personal gift, which will fund Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinics to be built in north and northwest Charlotte. One will be at 3149 and 3153 Freedom Drive; the other will be in the Brightwalk development on Statesville Avenue.

Officials said the clinics will target a crescent-shaped region, hugging roughly an area north of uptown’s skyscrapers, home to […]

Economic Mobility

October 11, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure


Marty believes income and wealth inequality are the biggest economic challenges facing our nation. They reflect decades of unjust systems which create unequal opportunities. What’s more, they have negative impacts on our collective economic health and future. To create a more fair economy, Marty is using all the tools at a mayor’s disposal–from education , to job training , from affordable housing to equitable planning — and inventing some new ones as well.

Marty believes a mayor’s greatest ability to reduce inequality is by fostering economic mobility : providing tools and tearing down barriers so that everyone has a chance […]

Why It’s So Hard to Get Ahead in the South

October 11, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure


Homeless residents of Charlotte, North Carolina, wait in line for food. CHARLOTTE—Shamelle Jackson moved here from Philadelphia, hoping to find work opportunities and better schools for her four children, who range in age from two to 14. Instead, she found a city with expensive housing, few good jobs, and schools that can vary dramatically in quality. “I’ve never struggled as hard as I do here in Charlotte,” Jackson, 34, told me.

Jackson isn’t alone. Data suggests that Charlotte is a dead-end for people trying to escape poverty. That’s especially startling because the city is a leader in economic development in […]