Many people have a dream of starting their own business. Often they also want to invest and own property. There is a belief in America that if you buy your property, build your business and follow your dream you are on a path to building generational wealth. But what happens when this is a myth? What if the government decides your dreams is in the way of their goals to exploit and create more profits? We hear the terms “gentrification”, “eminent domain”, and “profit over people”. Well in Philadelphia, America’s 5th largest marketplace all of these things have converged to turn the dream of artist and entrepreneur James Dupree, into a nightmare. And it has not ended.
The government bureaucrats in the form of the city’s “Redevelopment Authority” seized the deed to his property. Since then they have made multiple attempts to kick him out of his studio. And now, as his story reached a broader audience due to his commitment to “fight to the death” — they offered him a “new building” In the video below he gives a tour of this “fair trade” they want to make. Judge for yourself. Drexel University and local councilwoman Jannie Blackwell control the district in Mantua, Philadelphia and they want artist Dupree out of his studio to develop a new “supermarket”. Will the City pay him what is owed or will he become another example of “you can’t fight City Hall”? This segment is part of the James Dupree Documentary: BROKEN DREAMS “The Man I Always Wanted to Be“.