“Putting a weed store on 23rd & Union is problematic because the murder of Troy Hackett happened in the parking lot next door to the church,” Flores continued. “[Degene and Troy] provided young people with hot meals, clothes and shelter, because they were responsible business owners who cared about the community. I think the question we should all be asking ourselves is, what would Degene and Troy want on that corner?”
In areas where the owners of the land and wealth actually live in the community, there is much more care taken to recognize and dialogue with the community.
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