Richmond, Va., mayor spearheads battle against poverty

10/15/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Dwight C. Jones, mayor of Richmond, Va., is staking his legacy on cutting poverty in the city. His vision includes replacing public housing with mixed-income housing that includes ownership options and a program that helps low-income residents pay utilities. "There is an understanding here that institutions cannot succeed if the neighborhoods are collapsing," said Ted L. Howard, executive director of the Democracy Collaborative economic development group.

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