US cities in decline embrace immigrants

February 6, 2013. The Financial Times is one of several media outlets to be interested in cities like Baltimore and Dayton that are trying to reverse population growth by creating an environment that feels welcoming to all, including immigrants. Here is the link.

“To get Baltimore growing again, it makes sense to look at what made us grow in the first place: the strength of our immigrants,” says Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the Democratic mayor of Baltimore, who wants to attract 10,000 new families to Baltimore over the next decade.

She hopes the new families will boost income and property tax revenues and create jobs, helping to reinvigorate the economy.

“No one is giving credit to the job creators,” she says. “If you go out into the city, you will find restaurants and stores run by our foreign-born population and each of them creates jobs and enhances the cultural strength of the city.”

 

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