US Housing Secretary Tours Mantua Promise Zone

 

“Mayor Nutter explains the Mural Arts Program to HUD chief Julián Castro in front of the Herman Wrice mural.” | Photo: Ron Tarver, for The Inquirer

Mayor Nutter explains the Mural Arts Program to HUD chief Julián Castro in front of the Herman Wrice mural. | Photo: Ron Tarver, for The Inquirer

  • On Friday, says The Inquirer, Julián Castro, former mayor of San Antonio and newly appointed Secretary of Housing and Development, joined Mayor Nutter and Councilwoman Blackwell for a tour of Mantua. The impoverished West Philadelphia neighborhood was selected in January by the federal government as one of five Promises Zones. When asked if Washington would directly invest in the neighborhood (rather than the grant prioritization scheme now in place), Castro said that “it’s definitely something that’s being worked on.”
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  1. Oh great, one of the Castro brothers. Did anybody ask him about his allegiance to his mom’s racist hate group/organization: La Raza? La Raza advocates the reconquest of the southwestern united states for mexico, or to create a all hispanic mythical “Aztlan”. The very name of their group is racist: it means the race. But no he’s given a pass, and allowed to preside over the doling out of 100s of millions more of taxpayer dollars to crooked politicos and their buddies.

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