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March 4, 2016 | Wall Street Journal | Derek Kravitz

Brownsville, the Brooklyn neighborhood that has battled crime and poverty for a long time, is in need of a few wins—and a nascent network of community groups and investors is working to provide just that.

Once home to poor Jewish immigrants and offering refuge to a ragtag collection of radicals and socialists at the turn of the 20th century, Brownsville has the largest concentration of public housing in New York City and the U.S. Some 60% of its housing stock is owned by the city.

Parts of Brownsville are slated for rezoning under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable-housing plan for the broader East New York area, approved by the city Planning Commission.

But change won’t come easy...

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