Hopeless in Baltimore, ground zero of US 'urban apartheid'

Baltimore (AFP) – Demon Lane says his east Baltimore neighborhood will still be blighted by drug dealing, deadly gunfire, rat-infested vacant houses and hopelessness, no matter who wins America’s presidential election in November.His area is overwhelmingly Black, deeply poor and devastated by decades of neglect, which stands in stark contrast to the pricey condos, new stores and safe streets a few miles away in overwhelmingly white and affluent areas.Baltimore is nearly two-thirds Black, yet it’s also been ranked one of the nation’s most segregated cities, where experts say the poorest African…

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