A tale of two Fergusons

Swiish Bar and Grill

Corey Nickson-Clark, owner of Swiish Bar and Grill, has lost around $30,000 in the past week due to the overabundance of police personnel that have taking over the front parking lot. 

The story in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by the police, is one that can change a lot depending on where you stand, and how you look at it. 

Noel King and Lindsay Foster Thomas from Marketplace's Wealth and Poverty Desk reported from Ferguson this week, and discuss their experience there. 

The city has made efforts to attract new businesses to this part of town, and the efforts seem to be paying off. South Florissant Street boasts a new wine bar, a bike shop, and a handful of new restaurants. On the outdoor patio of the Ferguson Brewing Company, diners chatter over their meals. 

This economic revival, however, doesn't define Ferguson. Like a lot of cities across the U.S., it also has neighborhoods presently experiencing little or no financial investment. Here, those areas have been characterized by different types of protests. 

Read more: The emotional and economic toll on Ferguson, Missouri

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Lizzie O'Leary is the host of Marketplace Weekend.


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