Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Earl Johnson — A Grassroots Politician Who Made A Difference

Earl Johnson fell in love with Clinton Hill in the 1970s, despite the fact that banks had redlined the neighborhood, crime was high, and the streets were dirty.
Mr. Johnson knew the potential was there. So with the Pratt Area Community Council, he worked with landlords to improve conditions. Eventually, banks started making mortgages, allowing a new wave of brownstoners and small business owners who owe it all to him and others like him.
“Young people moving in today should read the history to see what the old-timers like us have accomplished,” said Mr. Johnson, 78.
His story is the story of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.

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