Lewis Diuguid

July 28, 2013 5:00 PM

Repackaging and rebuilding the urban core is long overdue

Ollie Gates, the president and owner of Gates Bar-B-Q, remembers that despite the fences bigotry created, Kansas City had more black businesses before the civil rights movement than it does today. Segregation forced blacks to shop, eat and get goods and services mostly in the black community.

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