For 70 years, residents of one of America's first Black suburbs have endured constant gunfire from a police shooting range

Published September 26, 2021


Slate quotes Henry Louis Taylor Jr., director of the UB Center for Urban Studies and a professor of urban and regional planning, in a story on Lincoln Heights, a majority-Black suburb near downtown Cincinnati. Residents must endure near-constant noise from gunfire from a police shooting range nearby. Slate interviewed Taylor, who wrote his dissertation on the history of Lincoln Heights, about the suburb's fight for incorporation decades ago. By the time the local county let Lincoln Heights incorporate, its boundaries contained only about 1 square mile: just 10 percent of the land in the founders’ initial plans, with no factories or industry to generate tax revenue, and no space to grow, Slate reported. “It wasn’t a dream deferred, like Lorraine Hansberry talks about. It was a dream crushed,” Taylor said. “Because it’s not like a lot of other places where you didn’t have a shot. [The founders] had a shot to have a very different reality, because they got in right at the right time. White folks knew they were there at the right time, and they just used racism to defeat that.”

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