Rochester anti-poverty plan has promise

In coming days, the Rochester City Council will take up what could be a good idea, even a transformative idea, if all the parts of this town, public and private, are in sync. Instead of government or businesses coming into neighborhoods, these neighborhoods will have worker-owned cooperative businesses that bubble up from within.

From that vantage point, the new businesses would write service contracts with one or more of the corporate big hitters in Rochester. Cleveland has this sort of bottom-up structure that has employee-owned neighborhood businesses hiring local people and doing work, from solar energy to laundry, for local companies willing to participate.

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