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5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of the American City, April 26, 2012
This review is from: [ Two Cents Plain: My Brooklyn Boyhood ] TWO CENTS PLAIN: MY BROOKLYN BOYHOOD by Lemelman, Martin ( Author ) ON Aug - 31 - 2010 Hardcover (Hardcover)
Chicago, Newark, Bronx, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Cleveland; all US cities had small businesses run by immigrants who barely spoke English. Thomas Sowell's "Black Rednecks and White Liberals" explains how throughout the world, it's always the minorities who are the small businessmen. The USA was no exception.

Ten Cents Plain is about a minority businessman in Brooklyn, but with a different angle; it's also about how it ended. After WWII a lot of US cities began to empty, as people moved to "suburbs." In this case, the neighborhood was still healthy until the 1960's, when things started getting rough. After one too many robberies, the tough Jewish businessman decided it wasn't worth staying and left. Jews can be tough, but we're also smart. We know when to quit.

Quit they did. One by one, the small businessmen in Brooklyn, Bronx, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, and Baltimore deserted the inner-city neighborhoods. Today, if you go into a rough neighborhood, the only businesses you'll see are the liquor store, check casher, payday-loan, tax return service, bale bondsman, and funeral parlor.

It's your neighborhood. Don't wreck it.
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